BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Marston MS 284 Northern Italy, s. XV 1
ff. 1r-9v Arbor feret frutum. sine fructu dicitur arbos./ Aastam
[sic] dic tereten. pomum dic esse retondum./ Artus id est strictus
sed membrum dicitur artus./...Regulus est serpens paruus rex
atque uolucris/ Rete sagena solet. sed solet uas esse lagena.
Unidentified list (incomplete) of homonyms, synonyms, and similar
word types, arranged alphabetically A-N, Q-R. One entry per line.
The list was intended to be expandable, since spaces were left
after each letter where additions could be and were made. A few
glosses in Italian.
Paper (coarse, brown; watermarks, buried in gutter and obscured
by binding repairs: similar in design to Briquet Tete de boeuf
14507 but with normally spaced eyes), ff. i (paper) + 9 + i (paper),
200 x 143 (157 x 121) mm. Format irregular; rulings in lead.
Collation impossible; each leaf mounted on a modern stub.
Written in an upright mercantesca script.
First initial for each letter of alphabet, 2- to 1-line, in
red. Paragraph marks, initial strokes, decorative flourishes after
each entry, in red.
Worn, stained, repaired, with some loss of text.
Binding: Germany [?] s. xix. Greenish brown paste-paper case
with a square blank paper label on spine. The paste paper is the
same as that used on Marston MS 249.
Written in Northern Italy in the first half of the 15th century; an
owner-produced manuscript given the format and nature of the text.
Inscription on f. 6r: "hoc opus est scriptum de zanchis [or
manchis?] per me Tadiolum." Early provenance otherwise unknown.
Belonged to Thomas E. Marston (bookplate; date and place of his
acquisition not recorded).
secundo folio: Bici
Barbara A. Shailor