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Beinecke MS 542
Aristoteles. Topica. Bound with a manuscript containing stories from the Old
Testament; Brontologion attributed to Heraclius, and Prognosis attributed to
Ezra the Prophet. Greek manuscript. First part, Italy? 14th century with many
replacements of 16th century; second part, Mistra?, ca. 1400. Paper. 202 ff.
(215 x 143 mm.) 1 column, 16 lines + 25 lines. Headings in red. Bound in 18th
century Italian blind-tooled calf with unidentified arms in gilt on both
I-V^^8, VI^^6, VII^^8, VIII-XVIII^^9, XIX-XXV^^8, XXVI^^4.
Comments: This book is composed of 2 separate manuscripts. The first, written
in the 14th century, has had many folios (1-32, 35, 111, 119, 120, 135, 136)
replaced on paper with a watermark similar to Briquet 2594. The second part
was written possibly in Mistra about 1400. At the end there are several notes
recording births of the year 1407. On f. 202v there is a record (in Greek) of the death
of the leader Theodoros on June 28; this may refer to Theodore Palaeologus, son
of Emperor John Palaeologus V who died in 1407 at Mistra. The 2 parts of the
book were probably bound together in Venice about 1500.
ff. 1r-150v Aristoteles, Topica. First folio of De sophisticis elenchis
inserted after f. 137.
f. 151r Blank.
ff. 152r-155v Heraclius (attributed author), Brontologion (Rules for
ff. 155v-156v Ezra the Prophet (attributed author), Prognosis (Weather
ff. 156v-201v Stories from the Old Testament.
f. 202 Later notations in several hands recording family events for year 1407.
Note on back flyleaf "Libro Grecho Datto del Sig. Proffesore Mezzofanti.
Bibliotheca Nani." Library of Abate Celotti (Sotheby sale, 14 March 1825, lot
29 to Payne). Library of Sir Thomas Phillipps (MS 4203). Sotheby sale 28
November 1973. Purchased from H.P. Kraus, 21 January 1974 with funds from the
E.J. Beinecke Trust.