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Beinecke MS 276 Italy [?], ca. 1580
Sextus Julius Africanus, Cestoi (in Greek)
1. ff. 1r-3r
f. 3v blank
Table of contents.
2. ff. 4r-68v
[Greek]. ff. 69r-70v blank
The only use of the title in the codex occurs on f. 38r; the passages in
MS 276 correspond in general to those printed by Melchisidech Thevenot, ed.,
in Veterum mathematicorum...opera, [Greek]
(Paris, Ex typographia regia,
1693) pp. 275-79, 290-316 (280-89 were not included by the printer in the
pagination). He used, according to his preface and notes on pp. 339-60,
three manuscripts, now Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale Cod. reg. 2173,
1996 and Cod. reg. 3220. The chapter headings of the table in MS 276 are the
same as those of the printed work, with one interesting exception. The chapter
heading of the printed text, [Greek],
is divided between two headings in MS 276:
[Greek] and [Greek].
There is no major difference in the text; subsequent chapter
numbers diverge by one. Beinecke MS 276 is not listed in either the 1932
(Fragments des "Cestes") or 1970 (Les "Cestes" de Julius Africanus)
works of J.-R. Vieillefond.
Paper (same watermark as Harlfinger Croix 41, from a manuscript signed by
Andreas Darmarius and dated 5 April 1582), ff. ii (nearly contemporary paper) +
70 + i (nearly contemporary paper), 295 x 202 (215 x 96) mm. Written in 20
long lines. Ruled in hard point, single vertical guide lines full length;
some prickings visible at bottom of folio.
I-V^^12, VI^^10. Quires signed with letters of the alphabet in center
of lower margin, on recto; catchwords appear along lower edge of folio near
inner bounding line, on verso.
Written by the scribe Andreas Darmarius, who signed the completed manuscript
(see art. 2).
Headpiece in black ink, on f. 1r. Headings and chapter notations, in red.
3-line initial, with decoration above and below letter, in red on f. 4r;
other small initials in red throughout codex at beginning of each section.
Binding: s. xix [?]. Limp green vellum case, blue-green edges.
Written probably in Italy, ca. 1580, by Andreas Darmarius (see Vogel and
Gardthausen, pp. 16-27; Canart, pp. 60-61; Beinecke MS 276 appears to be an
unrecorded codex by this scribe). Belonged to the Library of the Santa Iglesia
del Pilar, Saragossa, Spain (Manuscritos, incunables, raros [1501-1753],
Saragossa, 1961, p. 15, no. 81; Olivier, pp. 52-57). Purchased from
C. A. Stonehill by Thomas E. Marston in 1959; his gift to Yale in 1959.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 48, no. 276.
Barbara A. Shailor