[School miscellany] [manuscript].

[Italy, circa 1500]
102 leaves : paper ; 216-218 x 140 (162-168 x 105) mm. bound to 218 x 150 mm.
Latin literature -- Study and teaching -- Early works to 1800.
Traditional medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions -- Early works to 1800.
Plays (document genre)
Manuscripts, Latin -- 15th century.
Manuscripts, Latin -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Collection of classical Latin school texts in various hands. The most substantial works are Book 1 of Cicero's De officiis (f. 4r-45r) and Terence's comedies Andria (f. 49r-73r) and Eunuchus (f. 73r-99v), preceded by notes on comedy and tragedy (f. 48v). Briefer passages include the openings of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae (f. 1r-3r) and Virgil's Aeneid (f. 101r-101v) preceded by biographical notes about Virgil (f. 100v). Also includes recipes for remedies (f. 45v-47r) and didactic or humorous verses (f. 102r-102v). Frequent marginal and interlinear notes in the beginning of the Cicero (f. 4r-20r) and in the Terence.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Layout: Written in 19-23 long lines; on some leaves, prickings or rulings in lead are visible.
Script: Written in various humanistic hands.
Decoration: 1- to 3-line initials in red and text initials touched with red at the beginning of the manuscript (f. 1r-16r), in the Andria (f. 49r-73r), and in the beginning of the Eunuchus (f. 73r-88r); additional rubrication in red in the Andria and beginning of the Eunuchus, particularly for indications of parts; a few text initials touched with green (f. 60v-61r); many initials with faces or other doodling penwork added; some manicules (for example, f. 8r, 63r, 70v); doodles and ink sketches inside covers.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet Coronne 4862 (Rome, Udine, Fabriano, Venice, 1483-1498)
Binding: Original wooden boards with leather spine, later (ca. 1600) gilt stamped for Giovanni Angelo Altemps; compass trials and geometric and doodled gouging on boards.
Origin: Written in Italy, ca. 1500.
Local notes:
Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
Penn Provenance:
List of names, possibly of former student owners or readers, in a 16th-century hand (inside upper cover).
Formerly owned by Giovanni Angelo Altemps, duca di Gallese (inscription, f. 3v; gilt spine); Henry Allan (bookplate, Henrici Alani, laid inside upper cover); and Samuel Allan of Liscunnan, Derrock, County Antrim (pencil inscription on Henry Allan bookplate).
Formerly owned by William A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey (leather bookplate, first flyleaf); sold as part of his collection at Christie's, 11 July 2000, lot 83, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.
Cited in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 14 (LJS 385).
Cited as:
LJS 385
Altemps, Giovanni Angelo, duca di Gallese, d. 1620, former owner.
Allan, Henry, former owner.
Allan, Samuel, former owner.
Foyle, William A. (William Alfred), 1885-1963, former owner.
Boethius, d. 524. De consolatione philosophiae. Selections.
Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De officiis. Selections.
Terence. Andria.
Terence. Eunuchus.
Virgil. Aeneis. Selections.
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