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Beinecke MS 143 Italy, s. XV^^2
1. ff. 1r-82v Fragmentum. libri. undecimi. cornelii. taciti.
feliciter. incipit. Nam ualerium asiaticum bis consulem fuisse quondam
adulterum eius credidit...post lentitudinem exitus graues cruciatus
afferens conuersus in demetrium. f. 83r-v ruled, but blank
Annales XI-XVI; E. Koestermann, ed., Teubner v. 1 (1836) pp. 200-382.
2. ff. 84r-218v Initium mei operis Ser[g corrected to u]ius galba
iterum titus iunius consules erunt. Nam conditam urbem
octigentos...arma in germania mouit que mutiauus in syria aponius in
moesia flauianus in pannonia. Finis eius quod cornelii taciti
reperitur. ff. 219r-220v blank.
Historiae I-V; E. Koestermann, op. cit., v. 2 (1936) pp. 1-219.
Parchment, ff. i (parchment) + ii (contemporary parchment) + 220
(modern foliation, upper right recto, is correct through f. 110 and
then continues in lower right recto) + i (parchment), 263 x 190 (171 x
112) mm., trimmed. Written in 26 long lines; double vertical bounding
lines. Ruled in hard point, for the most part on the hair side, traced
in lead or pale ink on the flesh side.
I-XXVII^^8, XXIII^^4. Quires signed by Scribe 1 in the middle of the
lower edge; by Scribe 2 in the center of the lower margin.
Written by two scribes; Scribe 1: ff. 1r-126r in a neat, slightly
rounded gothic bookhand; Scribe 2: ff. 126v-218v, in a neat humanistic
Full border, f. 1r, attributed to Nicola Rapicano (cf. Paris, B.
N. lat. 12947, reproduced by P. d'Ancona, La miniature
italienne...[Paris and Brussels, 1925] pl. LXXXIX): white vine,
infilled blue, red, and green, with white dots; framed and divided into
panels by thin gold bands, the inner frame with a second band in two
shades of purple, with white highlights. Outer and lower margins
divided by band of fruit, in the outer margin, black with gold
highlights, in the lower margin, red with green and gold highlights;
divided into sections and at corners by English frets, infilled blue or
green with white dots. In center of outer margin, a medallion after a
classical coin or cameo, bust of a man in profile with a laurel wreath
against a blue ground with fine white filigree; in center of lower
margin, coat of arms of Alfonso II, Duke of Calabria, King of Naples
(quarterly, first and fourth paly of 4 or and gules [Aragon], second
and third argent, a cross potent sable [Calabria]), in a gold and
purple quatrilobe frame, a gold diadem above, against a blue ground, as
above, supported by four putti. Putti, birds (including a large
peacock, center of inner margin), insects, and a bowl of fruit,
symmetrically arranged in corners and around swags, often overlapping
or passing behind decorative elements. Both inner and outer frame
broken by text and marginalia, suggesting that the border is a later
addition. Two lines of gold capitals open the text on f. 1r. On f.
136v, a 5-line white vine initial, gold, infilled red, green, and blue,
against a blue ground, of inferior execution compared to f. 1r. Two 3-
line initials, ff. 25v and 40v, gold or blue with purple or red
penwork; each with guide-letters for illuminator.
Binding: s. xix^^ex or xx. Dark brown goatskin, blind-tooled with
rope work interspersed with copper colored dots in Italian style (s.
xv) by Leon Gruel (active under his own name between 1891 and 1923).
Written in Naples in the second half of the fifteenth century
possibly for Alfonso II, Duke of Calabria, King of Naples, as indicated
by his arms on f. 1r (see T. De Marinis, La Biblioteca napoletana dei
re d'Aragona [Milan, 1947-52] v. 4, pl. 233 of f. 1r). Bought from
Maggs in 1940 with the income of the Altschul Fund.
secundo folio: inter coniugalem
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 34, no. 143.
C. W. Mendell, "Tacitus: Yalensis III," Gazette 15 (1940) pp. 70-
Barbara A. Shailor