BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 239 Italy, s. XV
Manuel Chrysoloras, Erotemata (in Greek)
1. f. 1r [Full-page inscription:] [Greek] [badly rubbed] [Greek] [?]
[Greek]. Followed by short prayer. f. 1v blank
2. ff. 2r-33v [Greek]. [Greek] [Greek] [Greek]//
The manuscript is incomplete at end of quire; the text is the
abridged version of Guarino of Verona, GKW, v. 6, nos. 6696-700; there
is no modern printed text.
Parchment, ff. ii (contemporary parchment, foliated i, 1) + 40
(contemporary foliation, in red; modern foliation is incorrect; the
total number of leaves was originally 60 according to a contemporary
note on f. 11r), 189 x 137 (125 x 82) mm. Written in 20 long lines,
ruled in hard point mostly on the flesh side; single bounding lines,
that do not extend into margins, except on ff. i and 1.
I-IV^^10. No catchwords or signatures.
Written by a single scribe whose name may be that on the title
page (second front fly-leaf) which is now erased and partly illegible
in the critical portion of the text.
Capitals and headings in red throughout.
Binding: s. xv. Probably Tuscan according to A. R. A. Hobson. One
set of sewing holes only. Sewn on four tawed, slit straps laced through
tunnels in beech boards and nailed. The endband cores, now wanting,
were also nailed. Covered in brown calf, originally a brick red, with
corner tongues. Blind-stamped with a rope interlace cross in a rope
interlace border. Two fastenings. Rebacked.
Written in Italy in the 15th century by a Western scribe ["Petrus
Iatrus Florentinus" mentioned on the title page?]. Unidentified bookstamp
consisting of the initials "A. N." enclosed in a double circle, outer
thick and inner thin. Collection of Abate Luigi Celotti; his sale through
Payne and Foss to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 4202, on f. i recto and
spine). Purchased from Laurence Witten with funds from the Jacob
Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 21).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 45, no. 239.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 47.
Barbara A. Shailor