BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
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Beinecke MS 270 Italy, s. XVI^^med
Porphyry, Commentarius in Harmonica Ptolemaei (in Greek)
[Greek]. f. 418v, full-page
I. Duering, ed., Porphyrios Kommentar zur Harmonielehre des Ptolemaios
(Goeteborg, 1931) p. xv, no. 17; pp. 3-174.
Paper (watermarks obscured by tight binding), ff. i (paper) + 418 (early
305 bis) + i (paper), 192 x 144 (135 x 83) mm. Written in 13 long
lines, ruled lightly in hard point on verso; single vertical bounding lines.
I-XXX^^12, XXXI^^14, XXXII-XXXIV^^12, XXXV^^8. Catchwords perpendicular
to text in lower margin, along inner bounding line.
Written by Camillus Venetus in neat Greek minuscule.
Headings and initials in red. Several diagrams in black and red.
Binding: s. xx. Fairly limp vellum case with a tight back.
Bound in the same manner and by the same binder as Beinecke MS 271.
Written in Northern Italy in the mid-16th century by a single scribe, who
was also responsible for Beinecke MSS 208 and 271. According to Karpozilos
(p. 68), the scribe was associated with or a student of Andreas Darmarius;
Knox attributes MSS 270 and 271 to Andreas Darmarius himself (Ziskind
Catalogue, pp. 44 and 53), as does de Meyier (p. 264, no. 7). However, a
close examination of the hand shows that all three manuscripts are the work of
Camillus Venetus. (We thank P. Canart for his assistance with the manuscript.)
Belonged to the Library of the Santa Iglesia del Pilar, Saragossa,
Spain (Graux and Martin, p. 214, no. 621, part I; Olivier, pp. 52-57).
Purchased from C. A. Stonehill with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable
Trust in 1957 (MS 54).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 48, no. 270.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 53.
Barbara A. Shailor