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Beinecke MS 64 Italy, s. XV^^2
1. ff. 1r-193v Marci Valerii Martialis. Xenia. Incipiunt. Te toga
cordilis et penula desit oliuis/ Aut inopem metuat sordida blata
famem/... Ientacula. Surgite iam uendit pueris ientacula pistor/
Cristateque sonant undique lucis aues.
The codex was misbound; the order of the epigrams is as follows
(based on the Teubner edition of W. Heraeus and J. Borovskij, 1976): f.
1r-v: Xenia [Liber 13] 1-10 (continued on f. 6r); ff. 2r-3v: 12. 84-98;
ff. 4r-5v: 13. 29-64; f. 6r-v: 13. 11-28; ff. 7r-87v: 1. 41-6. 88
(missing 1. 47); ff. 88r-186v: 7. 2-12. 83; ff. 187r-188v: 13. 65-100;
ff. 189r-193r: 14. 149-222.
Excerpts from the critical commentary of Domizio Calderini
(Professor of Rhetoric at Rome in 1470) surround the text on ff. 1r-24v
and 165r-193r. See CTC, v. 4, pp. 261-65 (the first edition of this
commentary was published in Rome in 1474).
2. ff. 193r-194v [Unidentified prose text outlining the development
of civilization:] In noua terra credibile est fuisse omnia semina rerum
nulla mixta [corrected to mista] et si qua sunt aut
industria...Antoninus non solum pius sed***commodus Gordianus Iunior//
Parchment, ff. i (paper) + 194 + i (paper), 162 x 100 (114 x 62)
mm. Written in 27 lines of verse; double vertical bounding lines, with
an additional line in outer margin; ruled in hard point or lead.
I^^6, II-IX^^10, X^^10 (-2, 9), XI-XX^^10.
Written by one scribe in a neat italic for the text and a less
formal hand for the commentary and for the unidentified text on ff.
Gold initials, 5-line, on blue, dark red and green grounds, with
white and gold highlights, mark the beginning of each book. Small,
plain initials, alternating red and blue, for each epigram. Commentary
and titles, in various shades of red.
Final folios creased and rubbed; some loss of marginal text due to
trimming and wear.
Binding: s. xviii-xix. Vellum case, blind-tooled.
Written in Italy in the second half of the 15th century for or by
an individual interested in the scholarly commentary of Domizio
Calderini; early provenance unknown. Presented to Yale in 1936 by
Thomas E. Marston.
secundo folio: Nolueram
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 2253, no. 64.
Barbara A. Shailor