|Creator:||Mela, Pomponius Dares, Phrygius|
[between 1450 and 1475]
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Script: Part I (ff. 1-38): Written by multiple scribes in humanistic cursive script, above top line. Part II (ff. 41-50): Written by several scribes in humanistic cursive, above top line. Part III (ff. 51-76): Written by several scribes in varying styles of humanistic cursive, above top line. Part IV (ff. 72-76): Written by a single (?) scribe in humanistic cursive script.
Part I: Plain red initials, 5- to 1-line. Epigraphic heading on f. 1r; other headings in humanistic bookhand, in red. Part II: Epigraphic headings and plain initials, 3- to 1-line, in black. Part III: Epigraphic heading, f. 51r, and plain initials in black. Part IV: Heading on f. 72r in red.
The patterns of stains suggest that the parts were originally separate booklets.
Binding: Eighteenth century, Italy. Paper case, once white.
Imperfect: some leaves wanting.
Manuscript on paper (various watermarks), composed in four parts, of 1) Pomponius Mela, De chorographia libri tres, ending abruptly in III.107. 2) Vibius Sequester, De fluminibus, fontibus, lacubus, nemoribus, paludibus, montibus, gentibus. 3) Unidentified text(s) on the names of the Roman provinces and their regions (ff. 47v-48v) and the names of the cities in the provinces (ff. 48v-50r). 4) Dares Phrygius, De excidio troiae historia, ending abruptly and missing f. 54. Arts. 5-9, a series of exordia, appear to be school exercises in Latin prose composition, all poorly written and heavily corrected. They follow approximately the text of Justinus' Epitoma, but are much abbreviated; the Latin is often incomprehensible without a prior knowledge of the historical narrative. 10) Short unidentified passages on Epirus.
ff. i + 72 + i : paper ; 220 x 150 mm.
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