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Gordan MS 27 Italy, s. XVmed

Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea / De legendis libris gentilium, Lat. tr. Leonardo Bruni, etc.

1. f. 1r blank. ff. 1v-9r [Title:] Magni Basilii Archiepiscopi Cesarie capadotie ad nepotes. de legendis auctoribus [Prologue:] Ego tibi hunc librum Coluti ex media ut aiunt grecia delegi ubi eiuscemodi rerum magna copia est et infinita pene multitudo. [Text, f. 2r:] Magni Basilii Archiepiscopi Cesarie capadotie ad nepotes de legendis auctoribus gentilibus libellus incipit.

Inc.: Multa sunt filii que hortantur me ad ea vobis consulenda que optima esse duco. . .

Expl.: . . . quidem medicos recipiunt quid vos non patiamini nec recta consilia aspernantes.

Basil the Great, De legendis libris gentilium, translated into Lat. by Leonardo Bruni and with his dedicatory preface to Coluccio Salutati. H. Baron, ed., Leonardo Bruni Aretino Humanistisch-Philosophische schriften mit einer chronologie seiner werke und briefe; Quellen zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittlealters und der Renaissance, Vol 1 (Leipzig, 1928) 99-100 for preface; 160-61 for text.

2. ff. 9r-10v Inc.: Hieronymi presbiteri de liberorum officiis erga parentes

Parentum meritis subiugans filios omnipotens deus serviendi legem in officiis posteris dedit. . .

Expl.: Qui dominum confitendo cum moreretur cum fratribus a domino coram angelis coronatur. Finis.

Jerome, De honorandis parentibus (Epistola XI); PL 30. 145-47.

Parchment, ff. v (modern paper) + i (paper wrapper) + i (paper) + 10 + i (paper wrapper) + i (paper) + v (modern paper), 198 x 141 (145 x 103) mm., modern foliation, 27-29 long lines, unruled.

I2, II8.

Written by a single scribe in a humanistic cursive. Marginal notes on f. 5v, partly trimmed, in same hand.

On f. 1v thin red 3-line initial worn or perhaps added incompletely; on f. 2r crude, 3-line red initial; on f. 9r space for initial unfilled, guide letter for decorator visible.

Binding: Modern quarter-calf bound by James MacDonald Co. On spine in gold: BASILIUS DE LEGENDIS LATIN MS. OF ARETINUS 15TH CENTURY.

Written in Italy in the fifteenth century. Early provenance unknown. On verso of paper wrapper in a variety of hands in ink: “Anno 1420”, “46”; in pencil: “Basilii Magni Basil. De Legendis Libris gentilium Manuscript [Italy, 15th century] Dedicatory letter to Coluccio Salutati” Sale by Sotheby (London, 25 July 1900, n. 649) to Reader; Dr. R. T. Cann collection, of Fowey, Cornwall; his sale by Sotheby (London, 31 Oct. 1932, part of n. 641) to Dobell (The Ingatherer, 29, Feb. 1933, n. 18). Owned by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: aspirare

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1682, no. 27. Iter Italicum, vol. 5, p. 350, no 27. James Hankins, “Bruni Manuscripts in North America: a Handlist,” Nuovi Studi Storici 10 (1991) 55-90.

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