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Marston MS 111 Florence, ca. 1460s [?]
ff. 1r-76r Litera est uox que scribi potest indiuidua vel nota elementi
et ueluti imago quedam uocis litera...Noceo. Valeo. Placeo. Careo. Pateo.
Liceo. Oleo. Taceo. Pareo. Doleo. etc. [Greek]. f. 76v blank, except for
note (see provenance).
Anonymous Latin grammar; Bursill-Hall, Census, lists twelve other copies of
this text; Marston MS 111 not recorded. The scribe has often added Italian
equivalents or examples in the margins (e.g., f. 53v: Buono, Tristo,
Grande, Picholo, Destro, Sinistro, corresponding to a list of irregular
Latin comparative and superlative forms of adjectives).
Parchment, ff. ii (modern parchment bifolium, i = front pastedown) +
76 + ii (modern parchment bifolium, ii = back pastedown), 165 x 115
(105 x 58) mm. 21 long lines. Double vertical and horizontal bounding
lines, full across and full length (Derolez 13.36); ruled in hard point
on hair side. Prickings in upper, lower and outer margins (Derolez 18.1).
I-VI 10, VII 6. Catchwords perpendicular to text between inner vertical
bounding lines (Derolez 12.5).
Written by a single scribe in careful humanistic cursive, above
top line; A. C. de la Mare has identified this writer as the "Scribe of the
former Yates Thompson Petrarch" (see de la Mare, New Research, v. 1,
Folio 1r illuminated by Francesco d'Antonio del Chierico who was active
in Florence from the mid-15th century to 1484 (see Garzelli, Miniatura
fiorentina, p. 99 and passim). Full border, partially rubbed, of
white vine-stem ornament curling around a thin gold
bar against blue, green and pink ground. In outer border, a medallion,
framed in gold, with profile of a young man against blue ground. In lower
border a wreathed medallion, framed by two circles of gold with partially
erased arms. Medallion supported by six green and red winged putti. The
entire border inhabited by a large number of putti playing among the
vine stem, various birds and three does. Illuminated initial, 3-line,
joined to the border, gold against blue, green and pink ground with white
vine-stem ornament inhabited by a seated putto. One small illuminated
initial, f. 1v, 2-line, gold against blue and pink ground with white
filigree (partly rubbed). Plain initials alternate in red and blue.
Guide letters for initials.
Binding: Italy [?], s. xix. Semi-limp vellum case.
Written in Florence probably in the 1460s, perhaps for the young man whose
portrait and arms (effaced) appear on f. 1r. Inscription, s. xvii, on
f. 76r: "Ad istantia di Antonio Cialderotti da s[an]to g[?]no"; inscriptions
(date?) on f. 76v: "Camillo An[t?]onini [?] dase [?]," and "di camillo
di piero Gra [?]." Purchased from C. A. Stonehill in 1956 by Thomas E.
secundo folio: et hec aduena
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 77, no. 111.
Barbara A. Shailor