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Beinecke MS 243 Italy, s. XVI^^med
Confession Manual (in Greek)
ff. 1r-222r [Greek]. [brief table, f. 222v, on the Seven
ages of man: infant, child, etc.]
The work includes prayers and materials for examination of
conscience, such as lists of mortal sins, canonical obligations, and
Paper (sturdy; watermarks: Briquet Ancre 531), ff. ii (paper) +
222 + i (paper), 152 x 112 (106 x 62) mm. Written in 16 long lines;
double vertical bounding lines. Ruled in hard point, on verso; no
I-V^^8, VI^^10 (plus bifolium bound between 7 and 8, ff. 48-49),
VII-XXVII^^8 (+ 2 at end). Signed in Greek along lower edge of verso;
some lost due to trimming.
Written by a single copyist in an archaizing script reminiscent of
the 13th century.
Simple and crudely executed headpieces mark the beginning of each
new section of text; many small initials in red throughout.
Binding: s. xvi. Greek (according to A. R. A. Hobson); original
sewing, presumably a chain stitch, on three supports laced into square-
edged, flush wooden boards without edge grooves but with blind-tooled
lines along the edges. The plain, wound endbands are covered with a
bright yellow, beaded, secondary embroidery (traces only). Covered in
dark brown calf, blind-tooled with concentric borders, different on
each board, and three diamonds and flowers in the center panel. Two
pins in the edge of the upper board and two sets of three holes for
fastening straps on the lower.
Written probably in Italy (Northern?) in the mid-16th century to
judge by the watermarks; early provenance unknown. Unidentified tag
with "CCLII" on spine. Belonged to the Greenway family in Devonshire
(18th-century bookplate). Dr. Adam Clarke (1762?-1832); at his sale (20
June 1836) it was acquired by Thorpe, who sold it to Sir Thomas
Phillipps (no. 9516, on spine). Purchased from Laurence Witten with
funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 43).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 45, no. 243.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 51.
Barbara A. Shailor