BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Marston MS 270 Paris [?], s. XIII 3/3
Petrus de Tarentasia, In quartum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi, etc.
1. ff. 1r-201r [Prologue:] Haurietis aquas in gaudio de fontibus
saluatoris et dicetis in illa die confitemini domino et inuocate
nomen eius ysa. xii. in istis uerbis duplex effectus sacramentorum. de
quo in hoc quarto libro agitur sufficienter exprimitur...qui est
benedictus in secula seculorum amen. [text, f. 1v:] Samaritanus.
et cet. liber ista sentenciarum tamquam fluuius paradisi in quatuor
capita diuiditur...Iohannes xiiij. ad quam uitam ipse qui est uia
nos perducat cui est honor...amen.
Petrus de Tarentasia (Pope Innocent V), In quartum librum Sententiarum
Petri Lombardi; Kaeppeli SOPMA, v. 3, no. 3340, with Marston MS 270 listed
as Yale University, Reinecke [sic] Library Marston 21 );
Sent., no. 690. A contemporary hand has written the number of the
relevant distinctio in the upper right corner, recto.
2. ff. 201v-202v **** auaricia [?] non uidetur curiosa sed fructuosa uel
inflaciam sed edificatiam...uita scolastica// [ending abruptly in portion
of text designated "14" in margin]
Distinctiones on the scholastic and monastic life, entered in a later
highly abbreviated script; portions of text, including beginning, partially
3. ff. 203r-206v Distinctio .j. Quid sit sacramentum et de iiij#o#r.
distinctionibus./ 2 In quibus consistit sacramentum./ 3 Quare sit
institutum./...[trails off at end with additions in several hands].
f. 207r blank
Table of contents to art. 1.
4. ff. 207v-208v Psalmus David iste penitentialis atribuitur David prophete
respicienti in finem id est in christum qui est finis legis aut
prophetarum...diuini sermonis assidue in cordibus eorum reuolucio [or
Anonymous commentary on the Psalms; Stegmueller, no. 8476 (Miserere), citing
Bamberg, Staatliche Bibliothek Bibl. 66.
Parchment, ff. ii (parchment) + 208 (foliation, s. xvi, 1-207 with
18 bis) + ii (parchment), 211 x 150 (154 x 109) mm. 2 columns, 46 lines.
Single vertical and upper horizontal bounding lines, full across. Ruled
in lead. Prickings in upper and lower margins.
I-XVI 12, XVII 12 (-11, 12), XVIII 6 (4 singletons followed by a
bifolium). Remains of catchwords along lower edge near gutter, verso.
Quires signed with Arabic numerals, in center of lower margin, verso;
majuscules (e.g., A, B, C, etc.) in lower right corner, recto, added by
a later hand. Quire XI has leaf signatures in red (e.g., a, b, c) starting
on second folio, in lower right hand corner, recto.
Written in small gothic bookhand; arts. 2 and 4 in less formal scripts.
Two historiated initials, 7- and 4-line. Folio 1r: mauve initial with
white filigree on blue ground with white filigree, edged in gold, showing a man
drawing water from a well, against gold ground, illustrating the Biblical
passage "Haurietis aquas...." Serifs, ending in heart-shaped red leaves, on
blue and red cusped grounds, with gold balls, extending along the inner
margin to form a partial bar border. Perched on the top of the initial is
a small bird, grey with red wings. Folio 1v: blue initial with white
shading against dark red ground with white filigree. Ascender blue against
dark red ground, extending along text column to form a partial bar border.
The initial shows the good Samaritan riding on a donkey, against gold ground.
For a similar initial style see Oxford, Bodl. Lib.. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 41
(Paecht and Alexander, v. 1, no. 547). Numerous flourished initials,
4- to 3-line, alternate red and blue with penwork designs in the opposite
color. Running headlines in red and blue. Paragraph marks alternate
red and blue. Guide letters for decorator visible beneath initials.
Binding: Germany or Italy [?], s. xvi. Resewn (early) on three tawed skin
slit straps laced through tunnels in the edge of beech boards to channels on
the outside and pegged; channels filled with glue. A pink, green and white,
five core endband is sewn through a leather lining on a tawed skin core laced
into the boards and pegged.
Covered in brick red sheepskin with corner tongues;
blind-tooled with an X and sparse use of oak-leaf edging tool.
Two truncated diamond catches on lower board, the upper board cut in for the
red fabric clasp straps which were attached with star-headed nails. Corner
fittings and six-petalled central medallion. Traces of title, in ink, on spine.
Spine of the bookblock partially eaten by rodents.
Written in the last third of the 13th century, probably in Paris, since art.
1 was copied from a stationer's exemplar secundum pecias. Pecia numbers
(most trimmed) appear only at the beginning of the codex: ij (f. 10v),
iiij (f. 19r), vj (f. 23r), ix (f. 35v), ? (f. 43v), xij (f. 47r), xiiij
(f. 55r), xvi (f. 63r). The style of the binding and notes in Italian on
front and back flyleaves suggest an Italian provenance, s. xvi-xviii.
Belonged to comte Chandon de Briailles (bookplate). Purchased from B. M.
Rosenthal in 1960 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
secundo folio: hic de
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 96, no. 270.
Barbara A. Shailor