BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Beinecke MS 273 Spain, 1587
Polychronius, Catena in Canticum Canticorum et Ecclesiasten (in
I. 1. ff. 1r-53v
[Greek]. f. 54r-v ruled, but blank
Polychronius, Catena in Canticum Canticorum; J. Meursius, Eusebii,
Polychroni, Pselli in Canticum Canticorum expositiones graece (Leiden, 1617)
II. 2. ff. 55r-118v
Polychronius, Catena in Ecclesiasten; M. Faulhaber, Hohelied-,
Proverbien- und Prediger-Catenen (Vienna, 1902) pp. 148-66; A. Labate,
"Nuovi codici della catena all'Ecclesiaste de Policronio," Augustinianum
18 (1978) pp. 551-53 where he assigns MS 273 to "Famiglia A."
The codex is composed of two manuscripts. Part I: ff. 1-54; Part II:
ff. 55-118. Both manuscripts were executed by the same scribe and display
identical physical formats. Each was foliated individually in pencil in the
upper right corner.
Paper (watermarks similar to Harlfinger Croix 42; a similar watermark also
appears in Beinecke MSS 272 and 274), ff. ii (paper) + 118 + ii
(paper), 302 x 195 (212 x 103) mm. Written in 20 long lines, ruled in hard
point; single vertical bounding lines.
Part I: I-IV^^12, V^^6. Part II: I-V^^12, VI^^4. Signatures are letters
of the alphabet in the center of the lower edge of page, on recto; catchwords
occur near gutter on lower edge of verso.
Both parts of the codex were signed by the scribe Andreas Darmarius, who
states that he completed the first section on 25 February 1587; the second
section is undated (for colophons, see arts. 1 and 2).
Simple headpieces, in black, on ff. 1r and 55r. Intricate initials, in red,
on first folio of each treatise. Rubrics throughout.
Binding: s. xx. Tan, spattered calf spine, marbled paper sides.
Gold-tooled lettering and edges spattered lavender. Bound in
the same manner and probably by the same binder as Beinecke MS 274.
Written in Spain by Andreas Darmarius who signed Part I in 1587 (see Vogel
and Gardthausen, pp. 16-27; Canart, pp. 60-61; Karpozilos, pp. 67-71 and
no. 7; Patrinelis, p. 76, no. 15; de Meyier, p. 264, no. 9). Belonged to the
Library of the Santa Iglesia del Pilar, Saragossa, Spain (not listed in Graux
and Martin; Richard, Supplement I, pp. 54-55; Olivier, pp. 52-57).
Purchased from C. A. Stonehill with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable
Trust in 1957 (MS 53).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 48, no. 273.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 53.
Barbara A. Shailor