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Beinecke MS 147 Italy, ca. 1420
ff. 1r-149v Valerij maximi dictorum factorum memorabilium ad
tiberium cesarem domesticarum exterarumque gentium liber primus
incipit. i. De religione capitulum primum...Urbis Rome exterarumque
gentium facta simul ac dicta memoratu digna...De religione. Capitullum
primum Rubrica i. Maiores statis solemnesque cerimonias
pontificum...caput imperio clementer iminens iusto impendere supplitio
coegit. Explicit liber valerij. Deo gratias. Amen.
C. Kempf, ed., Teubner (1966) pp. 1-472.
Parchment, ff. i (paper) + 149 + i (paper), 283 x 223 (170 x 112)
mm. Written in 33 long lines; single (sometimes double outer) vertical
bounding lines. Ruled in lead; remains of prickings at lower edge of
I-XVIII^^8, XIX^^5[?]. Catchwords with penwork embellishments in
center of lower margin.
Written by a single scribe in a precise round gothic bookhand.
Illuminated by Cristoforo Cortese ca. 1420, according to C. S.
Huter; cf. Oxford, Bod. Lib., Canon. Misc. 251 (Venice, 1424) in Paecht
and Alexander, v. 2, no. 443; see also C. S. Huter, "Cortese at
Oxford," Apollo 3 (1980) pp. 10-17. Fine historiated initial (12-line)
on f. 1r, the author seated at a lectern, pink, purple, green, red, and
blue foliage on a gold ground, edged in black, with delicate white
highlights; an exuberant vine and foliage border in three margins; the
upper margin with a bar, gold and blue, with white highlights. Eight
illuminated initials (9- or 8-line) on ff. 14v, 29v, 45r, 61r, 79r,
98v, 115r, 132r in the same style, borders in outer margin. Fine
penwork initials throughout, blue with red penwork or vice versa (7- to
4-line). Several lines following initials written in ornate majuscules
widely spaced on every other line, filled in with sepia penwork (some
left unfinished, especially near end of manuscript). 2-line initials,
blue with red or red with blue penwork, less ornate than above. Rubrics
missing for major text divisions; paragraph marks in red or blue.
Borders cut out on ff. 1r, 45r, and 79r, replaced with parchment,
with initials and borders partially restored.
Binding: s. xviii-xix. Mottled calf case, gold-tooled.
Written in Northern Italy ca. 1420; early provenance unknown.
Belonged to Prince Marco Antonio Borghese (bookplate; see P. Borghese,
Bibliotheca burghesiana [Rome, 1842] v. 1, pp. 679-80, no. 4563).
Acquired by David Wagstaff (bookplate); presented to Yale in 1943 by
Mrs. David Wagstaff.
secundo folio: figulus
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 35, no. 147.
E. T. Silk, "The Wagstaff Collection of Classical and Mediaeval
manuscripts," Gazette 19 (1944) p. 1 (reproduction of f. 1r appears as
D. M. Schullian, "A Preliminary List of Manuscripts of Valerius
Maximus," Studies in Honor of Ullman..., eds., L. Lawler, D. Robathan
and W. Korfmacher (St. Louis, 1960) p. 88.
Idem, "A Revised List of
Manuscripts of Valerius Maximus," Miscellanea Augusto Campana in
Medioevo e Umanesimo 45 (Padua, 1981) p. 712.
Barbara A. Shailor