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Marston MS 106 Northern Italy, s. XV 2
1. f. 1r Qui semel offendit, numquam contentus erit, offendisse sat [?]
ff. 1v-3v blank, except for notes on provenance (see below)
2. f. 4r Epigramma Hubertini Crescentinatis./ Cui preceptor abest. cui
greca uolumina desunt/ Huic. ut graia sonet: uerba magister ero.
Hubertinus Clericus (Hubertinus de Crescentino), Professor of Rhetoric
at Pavia and Milan (Cozenza, v. 2, 1024-27).
3. ff. 4r-158v Ab [Greek]/ Abactor/ Abactus/ Abacus [Greek]/
Abalieno [Greek]/ Abauia [Greek]/ Abauus
[Greek]/...Zelus [Greek]/ Zephyrus [Greek]/ Zona
[Greek]./ Finis. ff. 159r-161v blank
The text follows in general the lexicon compiled by Giovanni Crastoni,
published in Milan by Bonus Accursius ca. 1480, and thereafter (GKW,
v. 7, nos. 7816-18); there are, however, such significant differences between
the manuscript and printed edition as to question T. E. Marston's previous
attribution to Crastoni (Faye and Bond, p. 76, no. 106). Not all Latin words
have Greek equivalents; some entries added in margins.
Paper (watermarks, in gutter: similar in general design to Briquet
Couronne 4659; two unidentified serpents), ff. iii (contemporary paper)
+ 161, 203 x 143 (142 x 90) mm. 24 long lines divided into 2 columns, the
one for Latin words, the other for Greek equivalents. Double vertical bounding
lines (Derolez 13.31); single vertical ruling, often added within text space
in lead, to delineate second column.
I 4 (1 = front pastedown), II-XVI 10, XVII 10 (-9, 10, blank). Remains
of quire and leaf signatures (e.g., m1, m2, m3, m4, m5, x, etc.) lower
right corner, recto.
Latin words written in humanistic bookhand; Greek words in a neat Greek
First initial for each letter of the Roman alphabet: plain red or blue
majuscules, 4- to 2-line. On recto, all Latin words begin with bright blue
1-line initials, on verso all begin with bright red; color scheme reverses on
f. 7v to end. Art. 2, f. 1r, in pale red.
Binding: Italy [Italo-Greek?], s. xvi. Parchment stays adhered to
inner and outer conjugate leaves of quires. Own endleaves.
Unusual sewing through three spine linings, the central one paper.
An endband of two joined lines of chain stitching is sewn on a largely exposed
leather core. The flush paste boards are held on by the cloth spine linings
which extend on either side of them and are glued to them.
Covered in brown goatskin with rope interlace crosses and random small tools.
Traces of four ribbon ties.
Written in Northern Italy in the second half of the 15th century;
inscriptions, s. xvi, on f. 3v, the first mostly illegible due to erasure and
hole in paper: "Iste liber est mei Alexandri S[ca. 4 letters missing]uini
bon;" name added above erasure: "Aluisi Odescalchi" and ex libris beneath:
"Iste liber est mei Aluisi odeschachi [sic]." Aloisius Odescalchi may perhaps
be identified as the Jesuit teacher of Mathematics and Philosophy who
was born at Como in 1547 and died in Naples at the end of the century.
Square paper label with blue border (shelf-mark or inv. no. erased) on f.
1r. Jacques Rosenthal, cat. 90 (Munich, 1928) no. 200. Purchased from B.
Rosenthal (Cat. 1, no. 96) in 1955 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
secundo folio: Abrumpo
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 76, no. 106.
Barbara A. Shailor