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Beinecke MS 289 Italy, s. XVI^^med
Tzetzes, Scholia ad Hesiodum (in Greek)
1. ff. 1r-8v
Introduction; T. Gaisford, ed., Scholia ad Hesiodum (Poetae minores
v. 2 (Leipzig, 1823) pp. 9-22 (through section 19).
2. ff. 9r-69r[Greek].
[Greek]. [lines 381-2 of Hesiod:]
[Greek] f. 69v blank
Scholia on Hesiod, Works; the text breaks off abruptly at the end of
the commentary for line 755, where Scribe 2 has finished the final 12 lines
begun by Scribe 1. See Gaisford, op. cit., pp. 242-412.
Paper (polished; watermarks: Briquet Ancre 592 and similar to Briquet
Arbalete 744, Tete de boeuf 14867 and Harlfinger Ancre 83), ff. xi
(contemporary paper) + 69 + vii (contemporary paper; the same unidentified
watermark on the flyleaves also occurs on the flyleaves of Beinecke MS 290), 211
x 153 (140 x 81) mm. Written in 21 long lines, ruled in hard point; single
vertical and horizontal bounding lines that do not extend into margins.
I^^8 (+ 1 leaf added at end, f. 9), II-VIII^^8, IX^^4. Remains of two sets of
quire signatures (letters of the alphabet) along lower edge, on recto: one in
center of folio, one in right corner. Catchwords perpendicular to text along
inner edge, on verso.
Written in two distinct hands. Scribe 1 was responsible for the commentary
and left ample space to supply the text of Hesiod; he did not complete his
task. Scribe 2 supplied the first two verses of each Hesiod passage under
discussion, wrote the final twelve lines of commentary contained in the codex
(ff. 68v-69r), and added the heading and initials in red. All the additions of
Scribe 2 are in a darker ink and bolder style of writing; he is the same scribe
as that in MS 257, and as Scribe 3 in MS 290 and Scribe 1 in MS 490.
Two headpieces in black ink (ff. 1r, 9r); heading and two initials on f. 1r
Binding: s. xviii-xix. Paper case, "alla rustica". The name of Tzetzes
is still legible on front cover. Both the style of binding and the hand on the
front cover are the same as those for Beinecke MS 290.
Written in Northern Italy in the mid-16th century; early modern provenance
unknown. Belonged to the Library of the Santa Iglesia del Pilar, Saragossa,
Spain (Graux and Martin, p. 223, no. 2659 [in pencil on cover]; Olivier, pp.
52-57). Purchased from L. C. Witten in April 1960 as the gift of the Yale
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 50, no. 289.
Karpozilos, p. 69, no. 10.
Barbara A. Shailor