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Beinecke MS 279 France [?], s. XVI^^med
Aristotle, Ethica Nicomachea (in Greek)
1. ff. 1r-244v[Greek].
I. Bekker, ed., Aristotelis opera (Berlin, 1831) II.1094a1-1181b23.
2. ff. ii-x[Index by topic:] [Greek]. 2[Greek]...
Parchment, ff. i (paper) + i (parchment with heavy erasure on recto)
+ 244 + x (index on parchment, foliated i-x) + i (parchment) + i
(paper), 112 x 73 (80 x 48) mm. Written in 17 long lines, no ruling.
Foliated in Arabic numerals by the original scribe.
I-XII^^8, XIII^^10, XIV-XXX^^8, XXXI^^2, XXXII^^10 [index].
Written by Angelus Vergecius in calligraphic sloping minuscule (cf. Beinecke
MS 242, by the same scribe); note inscription at very base of spine:
"Manusc. in perg. Vergec."
On f. 1r, a symmetrical design of dolphins, flowers and leaves, in brown and
red; initial with floral design, in red. Rubrication for
chapter headings and initials throughout, the initials in the same style as
above. First letter of most sections of the index in same style.
Binding: s. xix. Gilt, gauffered edges. Straight-grained red calf,
gold-tooled. By F. Bozerian Jeune (active in Paris 1800-18).
Written probably in France in the middle of the 16th century; belonged to
the Abbey of St. Martin of Laon (on f. 1r, "Abbatiae St. Martini Laudunensis";
also note on f. ii verso). According to Abbe B. Merlette (unpublished and
unverified letter dated 21 Nov. 1966, in library files), the manuscript was
once in the Library of Henri-Francois d'Aguesseau (1668-1751). Bookstamp of
Walter Ashburner of Florence (b. 1864). Bookplate of Leo Olschki (1861-1940),
bookdealer of Florence; listed in a catalogue of U. Hoepli (1955), from whom
the book was purchased by Thomas E. Marston through C. A. Stonehill. Presented
by T. E. Marston (bookplate) in 1957.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 49, no. 279.
Barbara A. Shailor