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Beinecke MS 65 Italy, s. XV^^2
ff. 1r-238v In amphitheatrum Caesaris. [B]arbara pyramidum
sileat miracula memphis/ Assiduus iactet nec babillona labor/...Dic
mihi simpliciter comedis et citharedis/ Fibula quid prestas carius ut
Ends abruptly at Bk. 14. 214; also missing Bk. 14. 79-93.2; W.
Heraeus and J. Borovskij, eds., Teubner (1976) pp. 1-343.
Paper (sturdy; watermarks: several unidentified in gutter,
including the letter R), ff. iii (paper) + 238 + iii (paper), 217 x 143
(131 x 80) mm. Written in ca. 22 lines of verse; double vertical
bounding lines; ruled in hard point.
I-II^^8, III-XXII^^10, XXIII^^14, XXIV^^10 (-1, 10).
Written in informal humanistic scripts by multiple scribes. Each
made notes in the margins for the rubricator (at least two distinct
hands that alternate through the manuscript; some rubrics are
illegible). Various types of catchwords; on f. 96v one is encompassed
by a bird with a long beak.
Plain initials in red; rubrics stop on f. 220r.
Binding: s. xix. Bound by Zaehnsdorf (established ca. 1842) in
half green goatskin with green cloth sides.
Written in Italy in the second half of the 15th century,
apparently in some haste. Lines were frequently omitted (then added in
the margins) and poor planning resulted in a big blank space on f.
186r-v; some rubrication bled from one folio to the next. Belonged to
Thomas Hodgkin of Newcastle-on-Tyne (1831-1913; bookplate). Presented
to Yale by Thomas E. Marston in 1936.
secundo folio: Denique supplicium
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 2253, no. 65.
Barbara A. Shailor