BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Beinecke MS 606
Geoponica. Venice (?), ca. 1490-1510. Paper with watermark similar to Briquet
2538. IV + 144 f. 297 x 206 (211 x 130) mm. 1 column, 30 lines, in hard point;
two bounding lines for inner margin and two or three for outer (impression on
verso of folio); no prickings visible.
I-XVI^^8, XVII^^8 (1 wanting), XVIII^^8. Quire-marks often appear on the
recto in the lower right hand corner of the first leaf.
The scribe, associated with Georgius Moschos, also executed Bologna Univ. Libr.
cod. 3567 and parts of Bodl. Laud 12, Paris gr. 2567 and Vat. gr. 1406. At
least three different hands (including that of the original scribe) have made
corrections in the margins; one hand has noted differences from the printed text
(as on f. 15v).
Decorative designs, in red, on f. 6v and 90r; headings and initials in red.
Bound in 17th century French calf with original front wrapper as flyleaf.
Contents: f. IIr: notes concerning Arcturus and the Pleiades; f. 1-6v: table
of contents; f. 6v-7r: preface to Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus; f.
Provenance: Claude Mitalier (notes on front flyleaves and f. 142v with dates
1555 and 1560). Gerard and Johan Meerman (sale, 1824, IV, no. 212). Sir
Thomas Phillipps (MS 6762, from Bohn). Purchased from H.P. Kraus, December
secundo folio: [e]stin emmarosai (in Greek)
Bibliography: Bibliotheca Meermanniana; sive, Catalogus librorum impressorum
et codicum manuscriptorum, IV, p. 33, no. 212; H. Beckh, De Geoponicorum
codicibus (Erlangen, 1886).