[Handbook of commercial arithmetic] [manuscript].
- [Lombardy, ca. 1578]
95 leaves : paper, col. ill. ; 200 x 128 mm. bound to 206 x 143 mm.
- Mathematics -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Italian -- 16th century.
- Arithmetical tables framed by ornamental borders (Figure di sapere levare...Partire per galera, f. 2-10), followed by a brief introduction (f. 11r, incipit: La regola del tre la qual e fondamento delle ragioni de mercancia, dated 1 April, 1578), and statements of problems and their solutions; with subtitles Prima esemina (f. 25v), seconda esemina (f. 49r), and Quivi finisse l'abaco per ragione...(f. 71v).
- Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
Foliation: Paper, 100; 1-52, [i], 53-65, 65-79, [i], 80-86, [i], 87-93, [i], 94-95; slightly later foliation in ink, upper right recto. Unnumbered folio between f. 93-94 cut out, but stub with some text remains.
Script: Written in a humanistic script, with final leaves (f. 91-95) in another, less formal hand.
Decoration: Decorated arithmetical tables (f. 1r-10r); zoo-anthropomorphic initial with dragon's head and grotesque faces (f. 1r); inhabited zoomorphic initial with dragon's head and haloed figure holding flowering branch (f. 49r); inhabited initial with Saint Ambrose (f. 71v); calligraphic initials throughout, some with grotesque faces, in red, green, purple, and ocher.
Binding: 20th-century[?] vellum; trimmed and rebound after 1892 (when listed in Narducci catalog of Boncompagni library). Fragile. Oxidation of ink has resulted in holes in some of the decorations; f. 1 torn.
Origin: Written in Lombardy (Zacour-Hirsch), ca. 1578.
This manuscript has been identified by Ron Thomson with no. 201 (269) in the library of Baldassarre Boncompagni (see Menso Folkerts and Ron B. Thomson, "Boncompagni Manuscripts: Present Shelfmarks"). When cataloged as no. 201 in 1892, it was slightly larger (234 x 135 mm) and bound in parchment that was a fragment from a Bible page.
- Penn Provenance:
- Entry on last blank page indicates that this volume was given by Lucretia to her brother who might be identical with the person named in the next lines "Gio. Domenico Verni" [?].
Formerly owned by Prince Baldassarre Boncompagni of Rome (no. 201 (269)).
Gift of Dorothy S. Brady (professor emeritus of economics, University of Pennsylvania, d. 1977), 1968.
- Cited in:
- Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800. Supplement A (2), The Library Chronicle, no. 1 (1970), p. 11 (Ms. Italian 244).
- Cited as:
- UPenn Ms. Codex 468
- Boncompagni, Baldassarre, 1821-1894, former owner.
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