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Marston MS 167 Northwestern Italy, 1443
Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae (abridged)
1. f. 1r blank; f. 1v 12-line note (s. xvii), in Italian, giving a list of
2. ff. 2r-61v Super enthimemate T. C. de debitione pecunie et
Antonius Julianus rhetor per quam fuit honesti atque ameni ingenij doctrina
quoque...eo titulos quoque ad eam sententiam exquisitissimos indiderunt.
[Greek]. [colophon, enclosed by red design:] Explicit A. Gelii Breviator
[Greek phrase added, s. xvi?, over an erasure that is partially visible
under ultra-violet light: Porcelli***verius] XVI. Kl. Ianua. M.
CCCC. XLIII. [final line written in cipher that can be transcribed
as:] Iohannes de sangans scripsit. f. 62r title at top of page:
Auli gelij Abbreuiator; f. 62v blank
For the complete text of Aulus Gellius see P. K. Marshall, ed., OCT (1968)
2 vols. The abridged text in this manuscript appears in the following
order: Books I-V, VII, VI, IX-XX, Preface; the following chapters
are omitted: I.1-3, 8; II.8, 23, 28, 30; III.1, 5, 7, 10, 13, 17;
IV.3, 8, 10, 14; V.1, 3, 5, 10, 11, 13, 15-17; VI.3, 5, 16-19;
VII.1-2, 9, 10, 13-16; IX.6, 15-16; X.3, 6, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22; XI.3-5, 10;
XII.2, 4-5, 7, 15; XIII.4, 15, 18-19, 24, 26, 28; XIV.1-2, 5-6, 8;
XV.2, 14, 19, 22-23, 26-27; XVI.3, 18-19; XVII. 3-7, 11-15, 20; XVIII. 8;
XIX.3, 6, 10, 11; XX.2-5, 10.
The author of the abridgement has deleted all passages containing Greek;
in addition, he has compressed, revised, and paraphrased large portions of
the text. The name of the abbreviator has been erased from the colophon
Parchment (palimpsest throughout, primarily from documents that had
been folded), i (paper) + i (parchment) + 62 + i (parchment) + i
(paper), 240 x 156 (154 x 98) mm. 27 long lines. Ruled in hard
point on flesh side one bifolium at a time; double vertical and
single horizontal bounding lines (Derolez 13.33). Prickings
prominent in upper, lower and outer margins.
I-VI 10 (+ 2 leaves at end?, ff. 61-62). Horizontal catchwords in lower
margin near gutter (Derolez 12.4).
Written by a single scribe in formal humanistic script, above top line,
with first word or phrase of each section in majuscules.
Plain initials, 4- to 2-line, alternate red and blue (guide letters
remain). Headings in red throughout.
Binding: England, s. xix. Brown calf blind-tooled with gold-tooled
title on the spine. Gilt edges. Discoloration from turn-ins and
fastenings [?] on first and last parchment leaves. Bound by Charles Lewis
Written in Italy in 1443 by the scribe Iohannes de Sangans whose name
appears in code in the colophon and who also copied Florence, Biblioteca
Marucelliana MS. B. V. 9 (signed and dated 1464); early modern provenance
unknown. Belonged to the Rev. Henry Drury (1778-1841); his sale (Evans,
1827; information not verified). According to his note on f. i recto the
manuscript was bound for him by C. Lewis. From the collection of Sir Thomas
Phillipps (no. 3368; tag on spine and note in pencil on front pastedown).
Acquired from L. C. Witten in 1958 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
secundo folio: Reprehenditur
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 83, no. 167.
Barbara A. Shailor