BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 168 Italy, s. XV^^3/4
Justinus, Epitome in libros Pompeii Trogi
ff. 1r-116v Justini Epithomatis in libros quatraginta quatuor
Pompeii Trogi Prohemium incipit feliciter. Cum multi ex romanis etiam
consularis dignitatis uiri res romanas greco peregrinoque...legibus ad
cultiorem uite usum traductum in formam prouincie redegit. Iustini
Epithoma in quatragesimum quartum et ultimum Pompeii Trogi librum
feliciter explicit. Deo gratias. Amen.
F. Ruehl, ed., Teubner (1886) pp. 3-248. Portions of the text in
the first gathering are lacking; some leaves are misbound (see
Parchment, ff. ii (parchment) + 116 + ii (parchment), 239 x 151
(151 x 92) mm. Written in 29 long lines; double vertical bounding
lines; ruled in pen.
I^^10 (-3, 5, 6, 8; 4 and 7 misbound [now ff. 8, 9]), II^^10
(composed of ff. 5-7, 10-16), III-XI^^10, XII^^12 (-11, 12 with no loss
of text). Quire VI (ff. 57-66) occurs after VII (ff. 47-56). Catchwords
perpendicular to text between inner bounding lines, on verso; remains
of signatures (e.g., g 1, etc.), on recto.
Written in neat italic by a single scribe who also added frequent
One fine 6-line initial (f. 1r), gold, with white-vine ornament,
on blue, pink, and green ground decorated with white, gold, and blue
dots extending into side and upper margins, the vines inhabited by
birds, insects, and putto; gold dots and brown hairsprays. A coat of
arms in lower margin (effaced and blotted out) supported by a winged
putto, set in ornament similar to above. Large blue capitals, 5- to 4-
line, in blue, throughout. Headings and Roman numerals for books (in
upper margin of recto), in red, for ff. 1r-35r.
Binding: s. xix. Citron goatskin, gold-tooled, by C. Lewis; his
note regarding binding, in Latin, on f. ii recto.
Written in Florence ca. 1450-70 (we thank Dr. A. C. de la Mare for
the attribution); effaced arms of early owner, f. 1r. Belonged to the
Rev. Henry Drury (1778-1841); his sale (London, 3 March 1827, no. 2440)
to Payne and Foss (Cat., 1827, Suppl. [May], no. 520; Cat., Feb. 1830,
no. 1113). Collection of Henry Allen (bookplate; acquired ca. 1800);
Samuel Allen sale (London, 30 Jan. 1920, no. 67) to Young. J. T. Adams
sale (Sotheby's, 7 Dec. 1931, no. 134) to Davis and Orioli (Cat. 56,
Feb. 1932, no. 235), from whom it was acquired by David Wagstaff
(bookplate). Gift of Mrs. David Wagstaff in 1943.
secundo folio: semiramide
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 1904, no. 15; Faye and Bond, p. 36,
E. T. Silk, "The Wagstaff Collection of Classical and Mediaeval
Manuscripts," Gazette 19 (1944) p. 1.
Barbara A. Shailor