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MS 47 (olim Gordan MS 50) Italy, s. XV2



Poggio Bracciolini / De miseria conditionis humanae

ff. 1r-47v [Title:] Poggii florentini de Miseria Conditionis Humane

[Prologue:] Inter uarios scriptores qui res diuersas suis studiis complexi sunt nulli mihi propius ad hominum utilitatem accessisse uidentur...

[Text:] [S]eptuagesimum et secundum aetatis annum agens, cum e rhomana [sic] curia in qua annis ferme quinquaginta fueram versatus, florentiam reuertissem, publico ad secretorum nostre reipublice officium consilio...

Expl.: Ut libet Cosmus inquit quanquam hi nostri sermones plurimum mihi uoluptatis attulerint reliquorum uoces aliquando molestia non carent.

Poggius Bracciolini, De miseria; R. Fubini, ed., Opera omnia I (Torino, 1964) 86-131.

Paper (watermark similar to Briquet Monts 11726) ff. ii (modern paper) + 47 + iii (i contemporary, ii and iii modern paper), 254 x 206 (182 x 110) mm, modern foliation. Written in 29 lines, ruled in hardpoint with vertical bounding lines full length (Derolez 13.31).

I-IV10, V8. Horizontal catchwords in lower right margin, verso (Derolez 12.2).

Written by a single scribe in a humanistic cursive bookhand. Extensive marginal notations throughout.

A 4-line red penwork initial with elaborate black penwork extensions stretching all along the inner margin appears on f. 1r, and on 28r a similar, but slightly less elaborate, 3-line initial begins Book 2. On f. 2v space for initial left unfilled, guide letter for decorator visible.

Binding: Modern paper boards, leather spine, stamped in gold: POGGIO/ DE/ MISERIA. Restored by J. MacDonald Co. East Norwalk, Conn.

Written in Italy in the second half of the fifteenth century. Early provenance unknown. In the library of Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.; her bequest to Bryn Mawr College in 1995.

secundo folio: suis que

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 399, no. 50. Iter Italicum, vol. 5, p. 351, no. 50.

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