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Beinecke MS 198 Italy, s. XIV^^2
Nicolas Trevet, Commentarius in Boethium
ff. 1r-118v [First prologue:] Explanationem librorum boetij de
consolatione philosophica [much of f. 1r badly rubbed and
illegible]...[f. 2r, second prologue:] Consolationes tue letificauerunt
animam meam. psalmo nonagesimo tertio. Inter letari et letificari hoc
interesse uidetur...[f. 3r, Commentary:] Carmina. Volens igitur Boetius
agere de consolatione phylosophica...Et sic terminatur liber quintus
continens prosas vi et metra vi. et sunt uniuers*** libro toto prose
xxxviiij. et metra totidem. deo gratias.
R. J. Dean, "The Life and Works of Nicholas Trevet," unpublished
D. Phil. dissertation (Oxford, 1938).
Parchment (thick, mottled), ff. ii (paper) + 118 + ii (paper), 270
x 195 (208 x 149) mm. Written in 2 columns of 38-40 lines; single
vertical bounding lines; ruled in hard point on flesh side.
I-XIV^^8, XV^^6. Catchwords between bounding lines in center of
lower margin, some enclosed in decorative rectangles.
Written in neat round gothic by one scribe who also made
corrections to the text.
Large initial, f. 1r, in red, with black penwork designs (worn).
Plain initials and paragraph marks, in red, throughout. Spaces left for
Several folios, including first and last, are illegible in
sections due to rubbing.
Binding: s. xix. Brown, hard-grained goatskin, blind- and gold-
Written in Italy in the second half of the 14th century; early
provenance unknown. Presented to Yale in 1954 by Robert J. Barry.
secundo folio: dirigens
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 39, no. 198.
Barbara A. Shailor