BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 244 Italy, s. XV^^med
Xenophon, De re equestri (in Greek)
ff. 1r-17v [Greek]. [Greek]. [Greek].
Knox has collated Beinecke MS 244 with the OCT for Chapters 1-8
(Ziskind Catalogue, pp. 54-56).
Paper (watermarks: balance within a circle, surmounted by three
small circles and a star, is not similar to those in Briquet and
Harlfinger), ff. ii (paper) + 17 + xxxiv (paper), 210 x 136 (152 x 92)
mm. Written in 23 long lines; frame-ruled in hard point.
I^^10, II^^8 (-8). No catchwords or signatures.
Text is written by a single scribe.
Title and first letter of text in red.
Binding: s. xix. Tan calf with gold-tooled title and arms of Henry
Drury, by C. Lewis (worked 1800-40).
Written in Italy in the mid-15th century; early provenance
unknown. Supposedly from the Meerman Library (the codex does not appear
in the Bibliothecae Meermannianae, v. 4). Collection of Henry Drury
(1778-1841; arms on cover and signature on f. i recto); his sale
(Evans, Feb. - March 1827, lot 4678, on spine) to Thorpe for Sir Thomas
Phillipps (no. 3337; stamp on f. i recto). Purchased from Laurence
Witten with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 45, no. 244.
Ziskind Catalogue, pp. 54- 56.
Barbara A. Shailor