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MS 40 (olim Gordan MS 149) Northern Italy, s. XV

Poggio Bracciolini / Oratio in laudem rei publicae venetorum; Einhard / Vita caroli magni, etc.

1. ff. 1r-23v Oratio Poggii Florentini facta in laudem illustrissimae, excellentissime Rei Publicae Venetorum.

Inc.: Singularem rei publicae uenetorum in omni uirtutum genere praestantiam quibus possem laudibus prosequi cupientem.

Expl.: Sperandum que est siquid diu in humanis rebus esse potest, hanc rem publicam ita moratam ita institutam factiones tantum modo absint, cum aeternitate esse certaturum. Finis. f. 24r-v ruled but blank.

Poggius Bracciolini, In laudem rei publicae Venetorum; R. Fubini, ed., Opera omnia II (Torino, 1964) 925-937.

2. ff. 25r-66r

[Prologue:] Incipit prohemium de uita et moribus Caroli excellentissimi imperatoris.

Inc.: Si tam [sic] conuersationem et ex parte non modica res gestas domini et nutritoris mei Caroli excellentissimi et merito famosissimi regis postquam scribere animus tulit. Expl.: ... nisi animo praemeditatum hominum iudicia potius experiri et haec scribendo ingenioli mei periculum facere quam tanti uiri memoriam mihi parcendo praeterire. Finis prohemii vitae magni Caroli Imperatoris.

[Text:] Vita Excellentissimi Imperatoris Magni Caroli.

Inc.: Gens meroingorum de qua franci reges sibi creare soliti erant usque in Hyldricum regem qui iussu Stephani Romani pontificis depositus ac detonsus atque in monasterium detrusus est durasse putatur.

Expl.: Haec omnia filius eius Ludouicus qui ei diuina iussione successit inspecto eodem breuiario qui celerrime poterat post obitum eius summa deuotione implere curauit. Vita Magni Caroli Imperatoris Excellentissimi foeliciter explicit.

Einhardus, Vita Karoli; H. W. Garrod and R. B. Mowat, eds. (Oxford, 1915).

3. ff. 66v-70v

Confessio composita a beato ac deuotissimo Albuino pro serenissimo Imperatore Carolo magno quam quotidie deuotissime dicere solebat et cum magna reuerentia.

Inc.: Deus inextimabilis [sic] misericordiae, Deus inmensae pietatis, Deus conditor et reparator humani generis qui confitentium tibi corda purificas.

Expl.: Per Jesum Christum unigenitum Filium tuum dominum [et Saluatorem] nostrum qui [tecum una cum san]cto spiritu [unus est Deus, unus est Domi]nus, per inmortalia regnans secula seculorum. Amen. f. 71r-v ruled but blank.

Alcuin, Incipit Confessio, PL 101, 1404-1405.

Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper) + i (contemporary parchment) + 70 + i (contemporary parchment) + ii (modern paper), 136 x 92 (79 x 52) mm., modern foliation. Written in 20 lines, ruled with single vertical bounding lines in lead (Derolez 13.11).

I8 (+ f. iii), II-VIII8, IX6 (+ f. i), the first and last leaves of contemporary parchment (f. iii and f. i) have been stubbed in upside down, probably in a rebinding. Vertical catchwords along inner bounding line, verso (Derolez 12.6).

Written by a single scribe in a small, round, humanistic bookhand above the top line. A few marginal notations in red and black in several hands throughout.

On f. 1r a three-quarter margin border along the upper, inner, and lower margin is a fine example of a typical Italian Renaissance design of interlacing pen and ink branchwork on a navy ground with white speckles. Green and pink accents fill in the interstices of the branchwork; gold-filled penwork seedpods are scattered around the edges of the border. A 6-line gold initial extending into the frame of the text forms part of this border, while in the lower margin the border surrounds a wreath of laurel inside of which is a coat of arms: a gold chevron on an azure ground surrounded by three gold roses. The arms are cleverly entwined with branchwork, suggesting that they are an integral part of this manuscript decoration. A similar border, with a 5-line initial and a circlet of gold replacing the laurel wreath, may be found on f. 25r. A 3-line and 4-line initial of similar design, with modest marginal extensions, are on f. 66v and 27v respectively. Headings in a light red throughout. The last two leaves of this manuscript, f. 70 and f. i, reflect early water damage, rendering portions of the text on f. 70r-v almost illegible.

Binding: 18th century mottled calf with gold tooling on covers and spine. On small dark brown panel on spine: Poggii/ Oratio/ Vita C. M./ Cod. M.

Written in northern Italy during the fifteenth century. The coat of arms on f. 1r suggests that the first owner was probably a member of the Venetian Bembo family as does the bookplate of Walter Sneyd, who in 1835 bought the remainder of the collection of the Venetian Abate Matteo Luigi Canonici. Sneyd's sale (16 Dec. 1903?). On f. ir in lead: "1931 cat./121" and "349" scratched out and replaced with "354". In the library of Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (2 bookplates) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.; her bequest to Bryn Mawr College in 1995.

secundo folio: quae sunt

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 399-400, no. 54. Iter Italicum, vol. 5, p. 351, no. 149.

 

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