BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
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Beinecke MS 261 Fano, 1471
Manuel Chrysoloras, Erotemata (in Greek)
ff. 1r-33v[Lines 1-4 blank; text begins:]
[Greek]...[bottom of column a:]
[Greek] [bottom of column b:]
[Greek]. [colophon:] Erotimatorum
liber explicit Scriptus per Me Guglelmum ariminensem fani anno nono mei exilij
et finitus eo die .4. nouembris horis 14 Mcccclxxi.
One page of text missing between ff. 32 and 33; the text is the abridged
version of Guarino of Verona, GKW, v. 6, nos. 6696-700.
Paper with parchment (ff. 1, 8), ff. ii (parchment) + 33 + ii (parchment),
166 x 112 (113 x 56) mm. Written in 22 long lines; ruled in hard
point; single vertical bounding lines, full length. Final horizontal ruling
for text is usually left blank.
I-IV^^8 (+ 1 leaf at end). Catchwords at inner edge of lower margin.
Written in Fano by a single scribe, William of Rimini, who dated the
manuscript 1471 (see contents for colophon).
Illuminated initial in red and gold, with floral designs in gold and black
ink, and unidentified arms on first folio (vert, 3 bendlets ermine, in chief
gules a cross argent). Initials, headings, and some marginal notations in red.
Binding: s. xix. Blue striped velvet.
Written in Fano in 1471 by William of Rimini; early provenance unknown. A small
piece of paper containing the title of manuscript and transcription of the
colophon (in an unidentified hand) has been bound in between ff. i and ii.
Belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps (stamp with no. 1370 on f. iv). Purchased from
L. C. Witten with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 47, no. 261.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 47.
Barbara A. Shailor