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MS 16 (olim Goodhart 61) Italy, s. XVIin

[Domizio Calderino?] / Treatise on the gods, commentary on Virgil's Aeneid

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1. ff. 1r-18v

Inc.: Apud Aegyptios deorum genus primum fuisse fabulantur, nam conspicientes hunc mundi ornatum, admirantes quam universorum naturas duos esse deos et eos aeternos arbitrati sunt.

Expl.: novum recentem et antiquissimum omnium, multo igni utentes, celerem motum facientem qui per alas et sagittas figuratur.

Domizio Calderino [?], treatise on the origins of Egyptian and Greek gods and goddesses with references to Hesiod and Cicero. Although in Faye and Bond, p. 435, no. 16, the treatise is attributed to Aulo Giano Parrasio, Virginia Brown's identification of article 2 as a Calderino text leads her to "suspect that this may also be attributed to Domitius Calderinus" (Correspondence, 17 July 1996).

2. ff. 19r-398r

Inc.: Cum Troiani et mari et terra agitati, sepulto Anchisa e Sicilia soluerent, ut in Italiam quae proxima et a fatis promissa erat, pervenirent Juno quae Carthaginem caput orbis facere instituebat.

Expl.: vita anima, gemitu suspirio nam viro forti lachrimae non dantur, sed gemitus, sub umbras infernas. Finis. ff. 184, 195, 228v-229, and 399 blank.

Domizio Calderino [?], Commentary on Virgil's Aeneid. Virginia Brown identified this text for us as "almost surely the work of Domitius Calderinus." She cites resemblences between MS 16 and both Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 807 which includes Aen. 6.1-363, and Siena, Archivio dell'Opera del Duomo 2047, saec. XVex, which contains Calderino's commentary on Aen. 1-3.

Paper (watermarks: similar to Briquet Tête de boeuf 14430; Briquet Tête de boeuf 15113; Briquet Fleur à sept pétals, 6570, 6565; Briquet Lettres assemblées "P", 9608), ff. ii (modern paper bifolium, i=pastedown) + 398 + i (contemporary paper) + ii (modern paper bifolium, ii=pastedown), ff. 1-184 and 221-399, 316 x 220 (255 x 155) mm. with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines in hard point (Derolez 13.13); ff. 185-220, 287 x 197 (237 x 147) mm., single vertical bounding lines in ink (Derolez 13.11). Written in approximately 32-34 long lines.

I10, II8, III-V10, VI-VII12, VIII10, IX14, X-XIV10, XV12, XVI-XVII10, XVIII8(-7, 8), XIX12(-11, 12), XX12, XXI8, XXII6, XXIII10(-10), XXIV-XXX10, XXXI6, XXXII2, XXXIII-XXXIV6, XXXV-XXXVII10, XXXVIII8, XXXIX14, XXXX8, XXXXI12, XXXXII8. Some quires show leaf signatures (e. g., a, b, c...) in lower right margin beside text, recto.

Written by a single scribe in a large, sloping humanistic cursive.

Initials and first words in text divisions in epigraphic majuscules.

Binding: Rebound in dark brown twentieth-century quarter calf with tan cloth boards. Gold-tooled title and Phillipps number on spine: "Parrhasius/ In Virgilium" and at the lower edge: "1292."

Written in Italy in the early 16th century. Early inscription in top margin of f. 1r "Parrhasii" may be an ownership note, but does not appear to be in the hand of Parrasio. C. Tristano, in her La Biblioteca di un umanista calabrese: Aulo Giano Parrasio (1988), does not list this text among the books of Parrasio's library. Early provenance unknown. In the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (n. 1292 in ink in upper margin of f. 1r and in lower margin under his early stamp "Middle Hill," in inner margin, in same hand, in ink: "old no. 29"). Listed in his 1837 Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum among manuscripts "Ex Bibliotheca Derschau de Nuremberg." The collection of Hans Albrecht von Derschau was sold at Nuremburg by the firm of Schmidmer from 1 August to 29 September 1825 (Phillipps Studies III, 1954). Purchased by Howard L. Goodhart and presented by him to Bryn Mawr College in 1951.

secundo folio: theam

Bibliography: Faye & Bond, p. 435, n. 16. Iter Italicum v. 5, p. 223, n. 16.

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