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Beinecke MS 448 Italy, s. XVI^^1
Astrological Tables (in It.)
Astrological tables for solar and lunar locations, probably for
use in compiling calendars; tables of latitudes of cities;
chronological tables for 1508-18. Most tables are
accompanied by prose descriptions, in Italian.
Paper (watermarks: trimmed, in upper margins; unidentified eagle
enclosed by a circle similar in design to Briquet Aigle 204), ff.
i (paper) + 16 (f. 16 glued to contemporary leaf added at end) + i
(paper), 185 x 136 (137 x 106) mm. Ca. 28 long lines of text;
frame-ruled in ink, with only horizontal bounding lines full across.
A single gathering of 16 leaves (+ 1 leaf added at end).
Written in Italian notarial script by a single scribe.
Yellow added to initials and to astrological signs, and some numbers.
Stained throughout; final folio repaired.
Binding: s. xviii. Blind-tooled brown sheepskin.
Written in Italy in the first half of the 16th century, to
judge from the dates in the chronological tables; early modern provenance
unknown. On f. i verso, in red: "114" with "AS [?]". Acquired from
Rosenkilde and Bagger (Copenhagen) in 1971 as the gift of the
Yale Library Associates.
Barbara A. Shailor