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MS 46 (olim Gordan MS 19) Northern Italy, XV2

Gaspare da Verona / De temporibus pauli II, liber V

ff. 1r-11r De Temporibus Clementissimi Pontificis Pauli II. Quintum uolumen per Gasparem Veron(ensem).

Inc.: Cum ob suspicionem pestis Roma abire statuissem diuque cogitasse mecum quo locorum me conferre commodius possem tandem in ea. . .

Expl.: Quod facile fiet Paulo secundo intercedente, cuius clementia miseros et exules christi cultores perire non sinit, presertim generosos ne ob fidem christianam qui magnates esse consueuerunt desperatione tabescant. Finis. On f. 7r-v 10 lines of text deliberately obliterated: qui si scelera quorumdam iudicum resciuisset actutum pontifici maximo significasset dicerem nisi a prolixitate abhorrerem dicerem inqua nominatim et iniustitias et uicia et eorum nomina explicarem// quid enim de rebus hisce pontifices scire possunt. . . Eleven lines later on the same folio 5 lines are erased: melius meliusque consulent et medebuntur// sed de his satis. On folio 8r two lines have been erased: . . . in palatio sanctissimi Domini nostri noctesque diesque uersati// De corona seu ut alii appellant. . . ff. 11v and 12 ruled but blank.

Avery Andrews, “The ‘Lost’ Fifth Book of the Life of Pope Paul II by Gaspar of Verona,” Studies in the Renaissance 17 (1970) 7-45.

Parchment, ff. i (modern paper) + 12 + i (modern paper), 200 x 134 (133 x 80) mm. Modern foliation. Double vertical and horizontal bounding lines, full length, in hardpoint (Derolez 13.36).

I14 (ff. 1 and 14 are modern paper).

Written by a single scribe in a fine humanistic bookhand below the top line. Contemporary corrections in a second hand possibly that of Gaspar himself (See Andrews’ discussion on p. 9, n. 8).

On f. 1r a 4-line gold initial on a dark blue ground with pen and parchment intertwined branchwork extends half-way down the inner margin; the interstices of the branchwork are infilled with green, magenta and gold; penwork and gold seedpods complete the extension in the inner and upper margin. The title is written in the upper margin in gold, and throughout the text paragraphs begin with 3- or 4-line gold initials. Guide letters for decorator visible.

Binding: English Russia leather ca. 1830. On spine in gold: GASPARI VERONENSIS NOTITIA OPPIDI SERMONETI. Label on spine, partly worn: “[69]44.”

Written in Italy, possibly in Rome, in the second half of the fifteenth century. Early provenance uncertain. It has been conjectured that this is the manuscript once in the Biblioteca Nazionale at Florence described in the inventory of the Magliabecchiana collection (MS XXXVII, 103) written during the second half of the 17th century. This manuscript was subsequently reported as lost in that collection’s 1883 reorganization. The catalogue entry from the Magliabecchiana states: “De temporibus clementissimi pontificis Pauli II Quintum uolumen per Gasparem Veronensem; cod. chart. in-4o, scr. saec. XV, serico rubro tectus. In adversa tituli parte sequentes versus adnotati sunt:

Sunt deleta meis quedam, derosaque chartis:
Magnatum imperium, qui sic uoluere, peregi.”

before giving an incipit of the first fifteen lines of the text and a brief description of the content (G. Zippel, ed., Le Vite di Paolo II di Gaspare da Verona e Michele Canensi [L. A. Muratori, Rerum Italicarum Scriptores, III, pt. 16] (Città di Castello, 1904) xii.). Gordan MS 19 is written on parchment rather than paper, and lacks the distich opposite the title, but otherwise corresponds to the inventory description. Zippel conjectures that the manuscript was stolen by Guglielmo Libri (xii) who then sold it to Payne; Andrews concurs that Phillipps could have bought it from Payne, although the manuscript was not located in the Payne and Foss catalogues from this period (7-8). Sir Thomas Phillipps’ catalogue (Phillipps n. 6944, in ink on f. 1r) lists this MS under a heading “Ex Bibl. Miscellaneis”, with the notation “(Payne)” and no date (Andrews 7); Phillipps’ sale (London 1935) to E. P. Goldschmidt, Cat. 39 (Dec. 1935), n. 82. Obtained from Maggs by Howard Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.; her bequest to Bryn Mawr College (bookplate) in 1995.

secundo folio: non memini

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1680, no. 19. Iter Italicum, vol. 5, p. 350, no. 19. A. J. Dunston, “Pope Paul II and Humanists,” Journal of Religious History 7 (1972/3) 287-306.

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