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Beinecke MS 149 Italy, s. XV^^ex
Xenophon, De venatione, Lat. tr. Leonicenus Omnibonus
ff. 1r-28v [Incorrect title, in a later hand:] Xenophontis de
Venatione Libellus Francisco Aretino Interprete Ad Malatestam Novellum
[followed by dedicatory epistle to John Tiptoft:] [N]uper legebam
princeps Illustrissime. Xenephontis de uenatione libellum in quo...[text begins:]
[V]enatio et canes deorum inuentio fuit apollinis atque diane...Verum
etiam foemine quibus haec deus tradidit. Ut diana athlanta procris et
si qua alia fuit. Finis.
Xenophon's De venatione translated into Latin by Leonicenus
Omnibonus and preceded by a dedicatory epistle to John Tiptoft;
Xenophontis philosophi et historici clarissimi opera...(Basil, 1534)
Paper (highly polished; watermarks similar in design to Briquet
Oiseau 12127), ff. i (paper) + 28 + i (paper), 210 x 140 (130 x 95) mm.
Written in 22 long lines; frame-ruled in lead on one side of each
bifolium, with horizontal bounding lines full across; prickings in
upper and lower margins.
I^^12, II^^16. Catchword (first gathering) in center of lower
margin; first leaves of each quire signed with Roman numerals in lower
Written in a well formed italic by a single scribe.
Spaces left for rubrics and initials.
Binding: s. xix. Paper case with paste paper sides. Rebound in
Yale Conservation Studio in 1982.
Written in Italy at the end of the 15th century; early provenance
unknown. Belonged to C. F. G. R. Schwerdt (bookplate; see his catalogue
Hunting Hawking Shooting [London, 1928] v. 2, p. 355); his sale
(Sotheby's, 12 Mar. 1946, no. 2253) to Goldschmidt's, from whom it was
acquired by David Wagstaff (bookplate); presented to Yale in 1946 by
Mrs. David Wagstaff.
secundo folio: [V]enatio et canes
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 35, no. 149.
Barbara A. Shailor