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Beinecke MS 490 Italy, s. XVI^^2
Scholia on Oppian (in Greek)
1. f. 1r [Title:] [Greek] ff. 1v-2v blank
2. ff. 3r-86v
[Greek]. [text of Oppian's life begins on f. 3r:]
[Greek]. [followed immediately by perioche on f. 4r; f. 4v
blank; text of scholia begins on f. 5r:]
Scholia in Oppiani librum primum here attributed to Theodore Magister,
preceded by the life of Oppian and perioche of his work; portions of the text
of Oppian are quoted as lemmata. Text of life: A. Westermann, ed.,
[Greek] (Brunswick, 1845) pp. 63-65; the text is the same as in MS 255.
Text of perioche: U. Bussemaker, ed., Scholia et Paraphrases in Nicandrum et
Oppianum (Paris, 1849) p. 260. Text of scholia: Bussemaker, op. cit.,
pp. 260-301. The text of the scholia in MS 490 differs substantially from that
Paper (watermarks similar to Briquet Ancre 558 and to Harlfinger Ancre 78),
ff. i (paper) + 86 + i (paper), 325 x 215 (188 x 110) mm. 18 long lines, ruled
in hard point, single vertical bounding lines full length.
I-II^^8, III^^6, IV^^8, V^^6 (leaf missing in second half of quire), VI-VII^^8,
VIII^^6, IX-XI^^8, XII^^6 (-6 following f. 86). Catchwords perpendicular to
text in gutter, verso. Quires signed by letters of the Latin alphabet, square
capitals, below written space toward right, recto.
Written by 3 scribes. Scribe 1 (ff. 1r-35v) writes in an elaborate
minuscule with heavy vertical strokes and uses a pen which gives considerable
shading; this scribe also wrote Beinecke MS 257, was Scribe 2
in MSS 289 and Scribe 3 in MS 290. Scribe 2 (ff. 36r-65v) writes a minuscule
which slants to
the right, and has shading similar to that of Scribe 1. Scribe 3 (ff. 66r-84v)
writes in an upright minuscule with little shading.
Headpiece, 2-line initial and heading on f. 3r in dark red.
Binding: s. xix. Brown calf, blind-tooled.
Written probably in Italy in the late 16th century; early modern provenance
unknown. Purchased from C. W. Traylen in 1970 by Edwin J. Beinecke for the
Barbara A. Shailor