BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
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Beinecke MS 272 Venice, 1585
Nicomachus Gerasenus; Gaudentius (in Greek)
1. ff. 1r-2r Table of Contents for art. 3.
2. f. 2v Table of Contents for art. 4.
3. ff. 3r-49v
Nicomachus Gerasenus, Harmonicum enchiridion, I-II; K. von Jan, ed.,
Musici scriptores graeci (Leipzig, 1895) pp. 237-82.
4. ff. 50r-82v
[Greek]. [Greek] [sic]
[Greek] [full page colophon,
beginning on f. 82r:]
Gaudentius, Introductio harmonica; Jan, op. cit., pp. 327-55.
Paper (watermarks similar to Harlfinger Croix 42; a similar watermark
occurs in Beinecke MSS 273 and 274), ff. iii (paper) + 82 + xxx (paper;
unidentified watermarks of a man in a circle), 199 x 147 (132 x 91) mm.
Written in 13 long lines, ruled in hard point on verso; single outer vertical
I-VI^^12, VII^^10. Quire signatures are letters of the alphabet in the
center of the lower edge of page, on recto; catchwords near gutter on lower
edge of verso.
Written and signed by the scribe Andreas Darmarius, who completed the work
in Venice on 26 March 1585 (for colophon, see art. 4).
Much rubrication of the text. Small initials, 3- to 1-line, some with
floral motifs. Simple headpieces in black and red at beginning of each
Binding: s. xvi. Lavender edges. Tan leather, flesh side out, over
wooden boards with a blind-tooled X and a single line border
on each. Probably by the same binder who bound MS 301; almost certainly
done in the same bindery.
Written in Venice in 1585 by Andreas Darmarius and possibly brought to
Spain by the scribe (see Vogel and Gardthausen, pp. 16-27, with Beinecke MS
272 listed on
p. 22; Canart, pp. 60-61; Karpozilos, pp. 67-71 and no. 6; de Meyier, p. 264,
no. 3). Belonged to the Library of the Santa Iglesia del Pilar, Saragossa,
Spain (Graux and Martin, pp. 224-25, no. 2934; Olivier, 52-57). Purchased from
C. A. Stonehill with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 48, no. 272.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 51.
T. Mathiesen, "Towards a Corpus of Ancient Greek Music Theory: A New
Catalogue raisonne Planned for RISM," Fontes artis musicae 25,
no. 2 (1978) pp. 129-32.
Barbara A. Shailor