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Gordan MS 81 Italy, s. XVin

Domenico Cavalca / Della pazienza

ff. 1r-99v [Heading:] Qui se comença lo libro della patientia. el quale se chiama medicina del core. Nel quale se contengono li rimedii contra le tribulationi e Le Tribulationi e le desperatione. Liquali Remedii fortifica lanima deuota ad resistere contra epate e meritare uita eterna.

[Preface:] Legendome et trouando per le sancte scripture che la uirtu et la patientia e multo difficele ad potere portare. . . Et lautro serra ad commendare. la patientia. et le pene contra altribulatione [sic] che fiero nello suo loco.

[Table of chapters for Book I, i-xii, followed by chapter one, f. 1v:] A detestatione et biasmo dell ira. Imprima possono ualere li molti admonimenti della scriptura sancta , laquale questo peccato ceueta delli quali aliquanti ponimo. . . da loquale celibere christo crucifixo. Loquale e ne benedicto in secula seculorum. Mo finisce lo primo libro et incomença. Lo primo lo secundo sequetando pure la predecta materia et parlando per altro modo cioe per versi. Incipit liber secundus. [Verses at end of Book I, f. 23r:] O christiano che te vence lira . . . Iniure o pene no li farra dannpagio/ Qui finisce lo tractato contra lira. Qui comensa lo libro della patientia. [f. 24v short preface and table of chapters to Book II.]

[Chapter heading, f. 25v:] Como la patientia ene grande Victoria et singnioria et como per tre Rasuini li sancti seglorano nelle tribulatinni. Capitulum 1.

[Book II, f. 25r:] Ad comendatione et laude de la patientia. sonno imprima in multi admonimenti de la scriptura sancta ce inducono ad questa virtu. . . Laquale cosa ce conceda isso yesu christo figliolo di dio. loquale uendi per nostro mustico [sic] da uita eterna. qui est benedictus in secula seculorum amen. finitur.

ff. 100r-101v [Verses at end of Book II:] Qui nello infra scripti versi se contene la sententia del precedente tractato della patientia. Chi vole imprender daver patientia. . . Et dal diauol non essere diuiso/Da luy serra legato et preso. deo gratias Amen. finito libro referamus gratias christo. Amen.

Cavalca, Domenico, Della pazienza; GKW no. 6406.

Paper (watermarks: unidentified mountain), ff. iv (modern paper, i=front pastedown) + 101 + iv (modern paper, iv=back pastedown), 220 x 145 (163-169 x 105) mm., modern foliation. Quires are not standardized: quires 1, 2, and 8 are 30-32 unruled long lines with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines; quire 4 is the same except 26-8 lines; quires 3 and 9 are written in two columns with vertical and horizontal bounding lines framing each column, both quires are unruled; quire 3 is 34-35 lines; quire 9 is 32 lines; in all six quires the scribe writes above top line; quires 5-7 are all ruled, and bounded with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines, quire 5 is written in 36-7 long lines, quires 6 and 7 in 32 lines, all three are written below the top line.

I-VIII12, IX5. Horizontal catchwords in lower margin either centered (Derolez 12.1) or a little right of center.

Written by a single scribe in a poorly-formed humanistic bookhand.

Somewhat crude 1- to 3-line red initials begin the text in each chapter. Chapter headings, paragraph markers and sentence strokes in red; other sentence strokes in yellow. Guide letters for rubricator visible.

Paper is somewhat worn; modern repairs have been made along lower margins with no loss of text.

Binding: 20th c. parchment. On upper spine in black ink with the first initial of each word red: " Cavalca/ Trattato/ della/ Pazienza" and on lower spine: Codex MS./ Saec. XV_". Paper label taped to spine contains Goodhart's manuscript number: "Ms. # 81".

Written in Italy at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Early provenance unknown. Remnants of an early ownership stamp on f. 1r shows a 28 x 23 mm. oval outlined in black ink with traces of a design of scallops and dots also in black along the inside top of the oval. Autograph catalogue entry in Italian glued to inside cover; also on inside cover in lead: "ea/-/-", "44/57", and "50oo". Description of MS in lead on the verso of the f. iv, in Italian. Obtained from H. P. Kraus in 1949 by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: dice.

Bibliography: Faye & Bond, p. 402, no. 81.

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