BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 231 Italy, s. XV
1. f. i recto-verso ruled, but blank; ff. 1r-29v [Title, in a later
hand:] Conjuratio Catalinae. [text:] Omnis homines qui student sese
praestare coeteris animalibus summa ope niti decet...ita uarie per
omnem exercitum letitia meror luctus atque gaudia agitabantur.
Catalinae conjuratio; A. Kurfess, ed. (Teubner, 1968) pp. 2-52.
2. ff. 29v-89r [Title, in a later hand:] Bellum Iugurthinum. [text:]
Falso queritur de natura sua Genus humanum quod imbeccilla atque eui
breuis sorte potius...Ea tempestate Spes atque Opes Diuitatis in illo
sitae sunt. [added below by a later hand:] Finis 1430 Finis Belli
Jugurthini. ff. 89v-90v ruled, but blank
Bellum Jugurthinum; A. Kurfess, op. cit., pp. 53-147.
Parchment, ff. i (parchment) + i (paper) + 91 (foliated i, 1-90) +
i (paper) + i (parchment), 245 x 125 (180 x 68) mm. Written in 33 long
lines; double vertical bounding lines. Ruled in crayon; prickings in
upper and lower margins.
I^^10 (+ 1 at beginning), II-IX^^10. Catchwords in center of lower
margin, accompanied by four dots and/or flourishes; remains of leaf
signatures (e.g., e/2. e/3, etc.) on recto.
Written by a single scribe in neat sloping italic; notes and
corrections in several later hands.
Two gold initials, 5- and 4-line, of indifferent quality on ff. 1r
and 29v, embedded in white vine ornament extending into margins on
green, red, and blue grounds, decorated with white dots; gold dots and
brown hair-spray. On f. 1v, a coat of arms, unidentified (per pale,
azure, a bend or with 3 stars of the field, between 2 fleur-de-lis or;
gules, a lion rampant argent, overall a bendlet vert), supported by two
putti, set in a panel of white vine ornament, as above. 2-line
initials, gold or blue, throughout.
Binding: s. xix. Edges gilt. Blue goatskin, gold-tooled by Ramage.
Written in central Italy in the 15th century; early provenance
unknown (unidentified arms on f. 1r). Belonged to Henry Huth (1815-78;
bookplate; see The Huth Library [London, 1880] v. 4, p. 1291) and to
Albert May Todd (1850-1931; bookplate). Sold by Parke-Bernet Galleries,
14 Nov. 1941, to Henry Fletcher; gift of Mrs. Henry Fletcher in 1953.
secundo folio: [ple]rique delicta
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 44, no. 231.
Barbara A. Shailor