Franklin

[Monocordium] [manuscript].

Other Title:
De monocordio et de atramento
Publication:
[Italy, ca. 1450]
Format/Description:
Manuscript
16 leaves : paper ; 208 x 148 (170 x 100) mm.
Subjects:
Aristotle. Poetics -- Early works to 1800.
Boethius, d. 524. De institutione musica.
Nicomachus, of Gerasa. Encheiridion harmonikēs.
Pythagoras and Pythagorean school -- Early works to 1800.
Monochord -- Early works to 1800.
Music theory -- Early works to 1800.
Ink.
Pigments -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. -- Early works to 1800.
Medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions -- Early works to 1800.
Form/Genre:
Codices.
Poems.
Recipes.
Treatises.
Manuals (instructional materials)
Manuscripts, Latin -- 15th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Language:
Latin, with two recipes in Italian.
Summary:
Collection of works, including a treatise on music theory focusing on tonality as illustrated by the Pythagorean monochord and philosophers like Aristotle, Nicomachus, and Boethius; recipes and instructions for making various types of ink, stain removers, toothache remedies; a love poem in a later hand; two recipes in Italian.
Contents:
1. f.1r-6v: Monocordium.
2. f.6v-15r: De atramento.
3. 15v-16r: [Poem in Latin]
4. 16v: [Recipes in Italian]
Notes:
Ms. gathering.
Title from f. 1r.
Collation: Paper, 16; 1¹⁶; 109-124; contemporary foliation in ink, bottom center recto; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written 24-26 lines per page; frame-ruled in lead.
Script: Written in a secretary cursive script with a humanistic script on f.15v-16v.
Decoration: Illustration on f. 5r: conventional rudimentary diagram of a monochord, showing divisions of music intervals.
Origin: Written in Italy, ca. 1450.
Penn Provenance:
Sold by Bernard M. Rosenthal (New York), 1964.
Cited in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800, Supplement A (1). The Library Chronicle 35 (1969), p. 4 (Ms. Latin 199).
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 922
OCLC:
181368380
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