BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 57 Italy, s. XIV^^ex, XV^^2
ff. 1r-112v [1.46] //Ast ego que diuum incedo Regina iouisque/
Et soror et coniunx una cum gemte [sic] tot annos/...[final folio
mutilated] **tuisti infandum accendere bellum/ **et luctu miscere
The following lines are lacking; most were presumably on leaves
that became detached and have fallen out: 1. 1-45, 467-756; 2. 1-33,
567-88, 644, 682-742; 4. 10-72, 197-257, 570-695; 5. 166-351; 6. 587-
901; 7. 1-744, 809-17; 8. 1-238, 431-96, 689-730; 9. 1-11; 12. 160-415,
Prefaced to each book are ten or eleven lines in verse (Walther,
Initia 8699). R. A. B. Mynors, ed., OCT (1969) pp. 104-418. The text of
Vergil is accompanied on ff. 1r-5v by marginal and interlinear glosses,
the greater portion of which are derived from or an adaptation of
Servius. The commentary does, however, include notes (some in Greek)
independent of Servius. (We thank M. L. Lord for her assistance with
Composed of three parts: the first (ff. 1-6) was apparently added
to replace lost leaves, the second and third (ff. 7-112) were written
somewhat earlier and are contemporary with each other. There are
marginal and interlinear notes in several hands throughout, especially
at the beginning of the volume on ff. 1r-5r, as well as catchwords
Part I: Paper (sturdy; unidentified watermarks obscured by text),
ff. 6, 282 x 192 (187 x 83) mm. Written in 35 lines of verse; double
vertical and horizontal bounding lines, full across. Ruled in hard
point; remains of prickings for upper horizontal bounding lines in
outer margins. One gathering of six folios written in humanistic
cursive by a single scribe.
Part II: Paper (sturdy; several unidentified watermarks including
two circles with a cross), ff. 51 (7-57), 283 x 193 (212 x 112) mm.
Written in 31 lines of verse; single or double upper (and sometimes
lower) horizontal bounding lines, full across. Ruled in lead; prickings
at corners of written space. Catchwords below written space are
accompanied by decorative flourishes. Written in fere-humanistic script
by one scribe. Spaces left for initials. A large gap in the text occurs
between Parts II and III (6.587 to 7.744).
Part III: Paper (sturdy; watermarks: unidentified crossed swords),
ff. 55 (58-112), 283 x 193 (204 x 102) mm. Written in 32 lines of
verse; single or double upper (sometimes lower) horizontal bounding
lines, full across. Ruled in lead; some prickings in gutter for
guidelines. Remains of signatures (Roman numerals) along lower edge of
recto. Written by a single scribe in a script similar to that in Part
II. Spaces left for initials.
The binding is so brittle (with many pages unattached) that it is
not possible to collate Parts II and III.
Binding: s. xvi-xvii? Sewn on three slit leather straps. There is
no indication of an earlier sewing, but the book was extensively mended
before it was sewn. Tawed cores of plain wound endbands laid in
grooves. Beech boards with rectangular channels on the outside in which
the straps are nailed. The spine is lined with brown leather and the
book covered in dark brown sheepskin faintly blind-tooled with a
central diamond made up of arches with small ornaments scattered in and
around it. Tongue turn-ins. There are two catches on the lower board
and traces of red and cream silk ribbons nailed to the upper one with
star-headed nails. The title is painted in red on the spine.
Written in Italy, Parts II and III at the end of the 14th century
and Part I in the second half of the 15th; the three sections were
apparently bound together during the 16th or 17th century. Evidence
concerning early provenance includes the signatures Pietro Paulo
Santino on f. 1r and Gian Maria Ferduno [?] inside back cover.
Presented to Yale in 1934 by Carl B. Spitzer.
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 2252, no. 57; Faye and Bond, p. 25,
Barbara A. Shailor