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Beinecke MS 298 England, s. XVIII/XIX
Nicolaus Smyrnaeus, De supputariis digitorum gestibus (in Latin and
f. 1r-v blank; ff. 2r-6v [Heading, in Greek:]
[Greek]. [in Latin:] Nicolai Smyrnaei De supputariis digitorum gestibus.
[text begins, in Greek:]
[Greek]...[text begins, in Latin:] In manibus sic numeros
habeto...[ends, in Latin:] ita nonaginta in laeva signantur, in dextra
nongenta. Finis. Sequitur Tabula. [ends, in Greek:]
[Greek]. f. 7r-v blank
Nicolai Smyrnaei Artabasdae graeci mathematici / [Greek] numerorum
notationis per gestum digitorum (Paris, 1614).
Paper (watermarks similar to Heawood 2744), ff. 7, 190 x 116 (191 x 63)
mm. Written in two columns of 25 lines, with Greek text in the inner column
and Latin translation in the outer. No rulings, bounding lines, or prickings
I^^6 (+ 1 leaf at end).
Written in italic script (for the Latin translation) and Greek minuscule.
On the separate folio added after the text is a full page diagram in 36
compartments, each one containing a very delicate drawing of a position of the
hand, "sign language" for a letter of the alphabet or a number.
Binding: s. xix. Marbled paper case repaired with plain, brown paper.
Written apparently by Henry Drury (1778-1841). Unidentified circular paper
numbers "980" and "722" on front cover; also pasted on front cover: cutting,
in English, from unknown sale catalogue. Collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps
(no. 17495, tag on spine). Purchased from L. C. Witten with funds
from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 40).
Bibliography: Ziskind Catalogue, p. 51.
Barbara A. Shailor