BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 36 (olim Z111.0147) Italy, s. XVII
Cesare Speciano, Propositioni christiane et civili subalternate a Dio
1. f. 1r [Title page:] Propositioni christiane et ciuili
subalternate a Dio...Questo libro si commincio a Roma d'Ottobre l'anno
2. ff. 2r-3v Monitione, followed by Preface to the reader in which
the author states that he completed the work while he was serving as
Papal nuntius of Pope Clement VIII in Prague in 1597.
3. ff. 4r-271r Chi ha luoco principale appresso un Prencipe sauio e
buon mezzo da conseruarselo...perche ne riuscira male al sicuro et dara
occasione di disgusti in abondanza.
N. Mosconi, "Per la storia della riforma Cattolica,"
3  pp. 347-63.
Paper (unidentified watermarks: paschal lamb, with countermark PP
plus clover; bird on mountain enclosed in a circle), ff. 273 + iv
(paper; iv = pastedown), 282 x 200 (216 x 155) mm. Written in ca. 23
long lines; no visible system of bounding lines or prickings.
The binding is too tight to permit collation. Catchwords appear on
most folios, below written space, on both recto and verso.
Written by a single scribe in a neat italic hand.
Binding: s. xvii. A fine binding of vermilion goatskin, gold-tooled,
with unidentified arms of a cardinal (vair) stamped in gilt on both covers.
Edges gilt and gauffered. Unobtrusive repairs at head and tails of spine
Written in Italy in the seventeenth century, possibly for the
unidentified cardinal for whom it was bound. Ownership evidence
includes the following, but the precise sequence of owners is unclear:
inscriptions on ff. 1r and 271r "G. Stork a Milano 1802 In. No. 12203";
mutilated tag of bookdealers inside front cover "Milano. Pietro e
Giusseppe Vallardi"; circular stamp in f. 1r "HL Musee Napolean epreuve
d'essai"; signature on f. 271r: "Ex libris Albertus Comes Potocki";
this appears to be the same Potocki family from whose collection a
Psalter (now Bib. Narodowa 8003) was acquired by the National Library
in Warsaw in 1933 (see Z. Ameisenowa, Francuskie rekopisy illuminowane
z Wilanowa w Bibljotece Narodowej [Cracow, 1933] p. 4) and who owned
Paris, B. N. n. a. l. 540. Bequeathed to Yale University in 1883 by
Joseph J. Cooke.
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 1, p. 169, no. 36.
Barbara A. Shailor