BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 221 Italy, s. XV^^in
1. f. 1r blank, f. 1v Miscellaneous notes, in Latin (16th century),
with references to various classical authors.
2. f. 2r-v [Table of contents:] Liber j. De religione. De neglecta
religione... Liber x. De prenomine.
3. ff. 3r-126r Valerij maximi factorum et dictorum memorabilium ad
Tiberium cesarem liber primus incipit. j. de religione.
ij....Prohemium. Urbis rome exterarumque gentium facta simul ac dicta
memoratu digna... De Religione. C. j. Maiores statas solennesque
cerimonias pontificum scientia...Animaduerto enim in consulum fastis
perplexum usum prenominum et cognominum fuisse dictum postumium cominum
aruntum et postumium ebutium eluam. Explicit liber decimus de
C. Kempf, ed., Teubner (1966) pp. 1-472 (lacks spurious Book 10).
Parchment, ff. 126 + i (original parchment), 286 x 210 (167 x 132)
mm. Written in 2 columns of 32 lines; single vertical bounding lines.
Vertical lines (full across) ruled in ink, horizontal in lead;
prickings in all margins except inner, also four (arranged in a
rectangle) for running book notations, in upper margin.
I^^2, II-XIII^^10, XIV^^4. Catchwords in center of lower margins.
Written by a single scribe in fere-humanistic script. Marginal and
interlinear notes in several contemporary and later hands.
On f. 3r, a good historiated initial, 7-line: the author in armor,
holding his book; thick, curling foliage forms, pink, orange, blue, and
green, on an irregular gold ground, edged in black. Nine illuminated
initials (ff. 16r, 29v, 43r, 57r, 72r, 85v, 98r, 111v, and 126r) to
open Books 2-10, composed of foliage, as above, and striated color
strips, in vibrant blue, orange, crimson, mauve, green, and
occasionally yellow, highlighted in white and variations of the same
basic hues. 4-, 2-line initials, blue with red penwork or vice versa.
Book numbers at top of page, red and blue; rubrics throughout. Remains
of guides for rubricator.
Binding: s. xv-xvi. Resewn on four tawed, slit straps laced
through the edge of wooden boards and nailed in channels which are
filled in with plaster. There is a piece of leather at the exit from
one tunnel and what may be the tips of nails just inside the channel so
earlier supports may have been of leather, nailed twice. The endbands,
sewn on twisted leather cores laid in grooves, were tied down through a
leather spine lining, the embroidery with three beads. The edges are
gilt with a design scratched on them, the spine square. Covered in dark
brown goatskin with corner tongues, blind-tooled with a star in a
circle with wide rope interlace panels above and below, inside
concentric outer borders. Small diamonds and dots on the spine. Four
brass catches on the lower board and stubs of velvet straps nailed to
the upper. One joint cracked and repaired and one endband added.
Written in Italy (probably Florence) in the early 15th century in
a script that shows the influence of Coluccio Salutati; early
provenance unknown, but the manuscript was heavily used as is indicated
by the variety of marginal notes. Unidentified shelf mark inside front
cover: "n. 298.27." Presented to Yale in 1953 by Thomas G. Bergin.
secundo folio: [table, f. 2] liber j.
[text, f. 4] uidentur
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, pp. 42-43, no. 221.
D. M. Schullian, "A Preliminary List of Manuscripts of Valerius
Maximus," Studies in Honor of Ullmann, ed., L. B. Lawler, D. M.
Robathan and W. C. 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)
Barbara A. Shailor