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Gordan MS 83 Northern Italy, 1463

Gaspare da Verona / Regulae de constructione

ff. 1r-55r Inc.: Actiuum verbum est quod in o finitum format passiuum

in or ut lego legor amo amor licet non sit in usu dor plurimum uerba actiua possunt. . .

Expl.: Similiter bis adde ficus ficus et ficus fici quod nomen in quacunque declinatione et genere foeminino tam arborem quam fructum significat. Finis. [added in a later hand: Regularum Gasparensis] [colophon:] I. F. de arzignano 1463. f. 55v ruled but blank.

Gaspar Veronensis, Regulae de Constructione, printed in Milan by Philippus de Lavagna ca. 1476 and thereafter (GKW v. 9, no 10557-10559). Gordan MS 83 not listed in G. L. Bursill-Hall, Census of Medieval Latin Grammatical Manuscripts, Grammatica Speculativa, 4 (Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, 1981).

Parchment, ff. 55 + i, 182 x 123 (115 x 70) mm, modern foliation, single vertical and upper horizontal bounding lines, full length, in red ink (Derolez 13.12).

I-V10, VI10 (-6 through 10). Catchwords vertically along inner bounding lines, verso (Derolez 12.6) Remains of quire and leaf signatures (e.g., d1, d2, etc.) in lower right corner, recto.

Written by a single scribe in a small, neat humanistic bookhand below the top line.

A 7-line blue and red penwork initial with elaborate red penwork extensions extending all down the inner margin begins the text on f. 1r; paragraphs throughout begin with 1- or 2-line initials alternating red and blue.

Binding: Original, worn red leather over wooden boards; five small bosses on each board with remnants of a strap on upper board and a truncated diamond-shaped catch on lower board with a raised design of the Virgin and child and a lower-case letter “a”; spine cracked and loose. On front cover, in ink (very faint): “[Regulae Gasparis] Veronensis”.

Written in Italy in 1463 by I. F. de Arzignano (near Verona). Early provenance unknown. Inside back cover: “36” (written vertically), “bernardi Santolo B 13”. Owned by Dean P. Lockwood of Haverford College, PA, and bought by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate) from William H. Allen (catalogue entry taped to inside front cover) in 1947. Left by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: patebit

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 402, no. 83. Iter Italicum, vol. 5, p. 351, no. 83.

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