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Beinecke MS 673
Lucan (A.D. 39-65). Pharsalia.
Latin. Italy, 11th/12th century.
1. f. 1r Corduba me genuit; rapuit nero; prelia dixi/ que gessere pares
hinc socer inde gener...
Epitaph of Lucan.
2. ff. 1r-87v Hic est titulus marcii aenei lucani primus liber incipit.
Bella per emathios plusquam civilia campos/ Iusque datum sceleri caminus.
populumque potentem/ In sua victici conversum viscera dextra/ Cognatasque
acies. et rupto foedere regni.
Lucan. Pharsalia [D.R. Shackleton Bailey, M. Annaei Lucani De Bello
Civili Libri X (Stuttgart, 1988)].
Parchment. ff. iii (paper) +87 (of 105) +iv (paper), 220 x 150 (165-180 x
65) mm. One column, 30-39 lines. Double vertical bounding lines, ruled in
drypoint. Prickings in outer margins.
I-X^^8, XI^^8-1. Several quires are missingbetween VII and VIII.
Late Italian carolingian miniscule by several scribes (ff. 1r-54r, scribe 1;
ff. 54r-56v, scribe 2; ff. 57r-63r scribe 3; ff. 65r-87v, scribe 4. Several
sections were erased and re-written as late as the thirteenth century. Ff.
63v-64v contain an unusual transition hand. For a full discussion of the
scribes, see Werner, pp. 19-25). Many words retraced.
Initial strokes on each line in red. Large historiated romanesque initial
of red, green, and yellow on f. 1r. Similar initial on f. 12r. Smaller
initials in red, green, and gold on ff. 23v, 35v, 48v, 81r, and 98r.
Three-line initial at the head of item 1. Many marginal and interlinear notes
of the 12th-15th centuries.
Binding: English 19th century russia calf over wooden boards.
Provenance: Previously in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (no.
9805). Phillipps acquired it from the book dealer Thomas Thorpe (Cat.,
pt. 2 , no. 800). A note on the first flyleaf at the end, perhaps by
Thorpe, states that the manuscript was bought "in Italy." Purchased from
H.P. Kraus in 1987.
secondo folio: Iam nichil
Bibliography: Shirley Jane Werner, The Transmission and Scholia to Lucan's
Bellum Civile (Yale University Dissertation, 1992); M. Gengaro and G.V.
Guglielmetti, Inventario dei Codoici Decorati e Miniati della Biblioteca
Ambrosiana (secc. VII-XIII), (Milan, 1968), pp. 43-44, pl. 70-71; B. Munk
Olsen, L'Etude des Auteurs Classiques Latins aux XIe et XIIe Siecles (Paris,
1985), no. 107.