Cose di geometria [manuscript] / estratte dal frate dal Borgo. Mesure de colonne e capitelli / estracte da Vitruvio e Leone Batista Alberti.

Pacioli, Luca, ca. 1445-1517.
Standardized Title:
Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proportioni et proportionalità. Selections
[Venice?, Italy, after 1494]
18 leaves : paper, ill. ; 204 x 150 mm. bound to 212 x 158 mm.
Geometry -- Early works to 1800.
Architecture -- Orders -- Early works to 1800.
Ink -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Italian -- 15th century.
Manuscripts, Italian -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Italian (Venetian dialect), with three recipes in Latin (f. 17r).
Excerpts from the second part of Luca Pacioli's synthesis of mathematics, first printed in Venice in 1494, concerning geometry; and from the sixth and seventh books of Leon Battista Alberti's architectural treatise De re aedificatoria, concerning the architectural orders of columns and capitals (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian). One page of recipes in Latin for ink (f. 17r) and one page of recipes in Italian for stomach ache (f. 18r) at the end of the manuscript.
1. f.1r-8r: Cose di geometria / estratte dal frate dal Borgo.
2. f.8v-16r: Mesure de colonne e capitelli / estracte da Vitruvio e Leone Batista Alberti.
3. f.17r: Modus faciendi atramentum pro scribendo.
4. f.18r: [Recipes for remedies for stomach ache]
Ms. codex.
Title for manuscript from opening rubrics for component works (f. 1r, 8v).
Foliation: Paper, 18; 1-16, [17-18], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 18-28 long lines.
Script: Written in humanistic cursive (italic) script in one hand, with recipes added at the end by a slightly later hand (f. 17r-18r).
Decoration: Small geometric diagrams in first work (f. 2v-8r), some with points lettered or captioned in faint red ink; 2-line faint red initials in first work (f. 1r-6r); rubrics in faint red ink throughout.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet Aigle 87 (Florence, 1495; Venice) and Aigle 88 (Florence, 1498; Pisa, 1497-1502; Venice, 1498).
Binding: Modern calf, blind-ruled.
Origin: Written in Italy, probably in Venice, after 1494 (date of first edition of Pacioli's Summa and dates of watermarks).
Local notes:
Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
Penn Provenance:
Formerly held in a private collection in Europe.
Sold by Les Enluminures (Paris and Chicago) to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, 2007.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.
Cited as:
LJS 488
Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472. De re aedificatoria.
Mesure de colonne e capitelli.
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