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Gordan MS 107 Italy, s. XV2

Aulus Gellius / Noctes atticae (abridged)

ff. 1r-93v [Title:] Auli gelii noctium atticarum primi comentarii extracta

quodam sequuntur Curus initium est. Primo de Ingenio~pithagore sollertia exempla ponit

Inc: Plutarchus in libro quem scripit: Quantii inter homines fuit animi corporisque ingenio atque virtutibus inter sit. conscripsit scite subtiliterque ratiocinatum.

Expl.: Tum contio universa que ad sentenciam de scipione ferenda conuenerat relicto Tribuno Scipionem in capitolio comitata atque inde ad edes eius cum letitia et gratulatione solemni prosecuta est. Fertur etiam oratio que uidetur habita illo die a Scipione. Two leaves have been removed. On f. 29v the text breaks off in 5.4 and resumes in 5.6 on f. 30; then on f. 38v the text breaks off in 6.11 and resumes in 6.14 at the beginning of f. 39r.

f. 94 ruled but blank.

Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae; ed. P. K. Marshall (Oxford, 1990). MS 107 is an abridged version of the Noctes. P. K. Marshall, "Aulus Gellius," Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, L. D. Reynolds, ed. (Oxford, 1983).

Paper (watermarks: Similar to Briquet Fleur 6600 with a line through the center of the flower), ff. i (modern paper) + 94 + xiii (modern paper), 226 x 155 (136 x 99) mm, modern foliation. Written in 26 lines ruled in ink with single vertical bounding lines full length in lead (Derolez 13.11).

I-III8, IV8 (-6), V8 (-8), VI-XII8. Horizontal catchwords centered in lower margin, verso (Derolez 12.1).

Written in brown ink by a single scribe in a fere-humanistic bookhand below the top line.

On f. 1r, Book 1.1. begins with a simple 3-line red initial and 1.2 with a 2-line blue initial. Spaces, sometimes several lines long, usually have been left blank for the addition of Greek text, but Greek has been added (incorrectly) on f. 6r.

Binding: Nineteenth century Bound in half-calf over brown-marbled boards. On spine in gold: "AULUS/ GELLIUS./ NOCTES/ ATTICAE/ MS./ ITALY/ c. 1450". Goodhart number on paper label "Ms. # 107" taped to spine

Written in Italy in the second half of the fifteenth century. Obtained in 1950 from Maggs (catalogue entry accompanies text) by Howard L. Gordan (bookplate), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: a theofrasto

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 403, no. 107.

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