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MS 9 (olim Goodhart 79) Italy, s. XVmed

Eusebius Caesariensis / De evangelica praeparatione, Lat. tr. George of Trebizond

ff. 1r-223r [Preface:] Georgii Trapezuntii in traductione Eusebii praefacio incipit. Eusebii pamphili de euangelica preparacione latinum ex greco beatissime pater iussu tuo effeci...

[Title:] Eusebii pamphili de euangelica praeparacione primus incipit liber.

Inc.: Cum quid sit christianismus nesciuntibus aperire statuerim hunc librum...

Expl.: ratione quicquam posse comprehendi docentes magno risu omnium explosi sunt. Finis. Aureus humane penetrans precordia uite pamphilus hic felix explicit Eusebius.

Eusebius Caesariensis, De evangelica praeparatione; Lat. trans., Georgius Trapezuntius, (Venice, 1470). Monfasani, John, ed. Collectanea Trapezuntiana: Texts, Documents, and Bibliographies of George of Trebizond; Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, (Binghampton, New York, 1984) pp. 721-726.

Paper with outer and inner parchment bifolia (watermarks: ff. 1-63 similar to Briquet Char 3528, ff. 64-end similar to Briquet Monts 11859), ff. iii (paper, i=front pastedown) + 223 + i (parchment) + ii (paper bifolium, ii=back pastedown), 282 x 209 (192 x 101) mm. Written in 35-38 long lines. Modern foliation. Double vertical and single horizontal bounding lines in lead (Derolez 13.33).

I-XIV16. Vertical catchwords in lower inner margin (Derolez 12.5).

Written in a humanistic cursive script above the top line by a single scribe with finding aids and headings in red.

Wanting bottom half of folios 8 and 72. Folio 8r ends: ... qua omnes quandam//, text resumes at f. 8v: quandem a doctrina...; on f. 8v the text is interrupted at: ... fundamenta iacta sunt//, and resumes with: //turas admirantes presentem on f. 9r. The text breaks off on f. 72r: ... bona sibi apparere de//, and resumes on f. 72v: //di quidem spirarent uenti...; on f. 72v the text ends: ... rei publice gere//, and resumes on f. 73r: //tibi saturnus somno...

Fourteen 5- to 12-line gold initials on a deep blue, red, and green cusped ground outlined in black and white with intertwined white vinestems. On ff. 1r and 3r the cusped ground and vinestems extend for several lines down the inner margin forming a partial inner border. Between ff. 10r and 22r there are four 3- to 4-line gold initials on shaped blue and magenta grounds with white pen-work decoration.

Binding: Late nineteenth-century quarter calf on paper boards.

Written in Italy ca. 1450. Early provenance unknown. Late ownership inscription on front pastedown: "Alice M. Taylor" together with library shelf numbers in lead: "AR I 52" and "76 G". On back parchment endpaper in two 15th-century hands: "Quod Aristoteles fuerit nacione judeus libro quarto capite tertio" and "A creacione mundi usque ad annum incarnationis domini fuerunt anni 3793; secundum ebraicam veritatem ab ipso autem anno usque ad annum domini 1500. Si auferas 33, remanent 1467, si istos addas invenies annos 5260." On rear f. ir in a modern hand in lead: "223 hojas (96 vitela)". Sold by Maggs (catalogue entry Dec. 1948) to Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Bryn Mawr College in Nov. 1951.

secundo folio: [refuta]cionem

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 434, no. 9; Monfasani, John, ed. Collectanea Trapezuntiana: Texts, Documents, and Bibliographies of George of Trebizond; Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies (Binghampton, New York, 1984).


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