De re militari
- De re militari
- Vegetius Renatus, Flavius
- Rabanus Maurus, Archbishop of Mainz, 784?-856
- Former owner:
- Barrois, Joseph, approximately 1785-1855
- Former owner:
- Ashburnham, Bertram Ashburnham, Earl of, 1797-1878
- Former owner:
- Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle, Sir, 1867-1962
- Sotheby's (Firm)
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--Italy
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
Military art and science--History
Military history, Medieval
Military art and science--Rome--Early works to 1800
Rome--Army--Early works to 1800
- 70 leaves : parchment ; 245 x 170 (148 x 93 mm), in box 28 cm
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
- Place of origin:
- Table of Contents:
1. fol. 1 r/v: [Dedication from Rabanus Marus to Lotharius] Faunii Vegetii Renati viri illustris liber de re militari Incipit sub-divisus in libros quatuor/Populus Iubente Domino israeliticus...
2. fol. "1"- "68"v: De re militari Incipit prologus primi libri/Antiquis temporibus mois fuit.../...vetus doctrina monstraverat FINIS LAUS DEO
3. fol. "69"r/v: blank
Title supplied by cataloger.
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
Origin: Written in Italy in the mid-15th century.
- Notes (ownership):
Provenance: Effaced arms of early owner in a medallion in the lower margin of fol. 1, effaced object (a tower?) on azure to which are attached two ribbons argent; scraped inscription in the upper margin of fol. 1, not legible under ultra-violet light but possibly 17th-century; owned by Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Barrois (1784-1855), his 1849 sale (no. 102, with Ashburnham's green Barrois-collection label on spine) to Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878).
- Notes (acquisition):
Immediate source of acquisition: Ashburnham sale, Sotheby's London, 10 June 1901, lot 599 (lot number written inside front cove) to Sydney Cockerell for the Boston Public Library (BPL bookplate inside front cover, embossed on fol. 1, Cockerell's notes inside front cover).
- Notes (citation):
Ricci, S. de. Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, I:921
- Notes (object):
Secundo folio: Incipit prologus primi libri.
Collation: Parchment, fol. ii (paper and vellum) + 70 + ii (paper) ; 1-7¹⁰ ; vertical catchwords in lower right corner, final verso of each quire. Contemporary Roman numerals in red ink, upper right corner of each recto, begins with "I" on fol. 2, so reaches LXIX instead of LXX.
Layout: One column, 26 lines. Bounding and writing lines in light plummet.
Script: Written in a humanistic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics.
Decoration: 3-line blue or red epigraphic capitals opening each book; 14-line initial "P" on fol. 1 in gold with white-vine infill on colors, armorial medallion in lower margin in same scheme.
Binding: 19th-century red velvet over pasteboards, paper pastedowns and endleaves, title gilt on leather spine-label, "VEGETIUS/DE RE/ MILITARI/ M.S. IN/ MEMBRANIS," all edges gilt. Housed in a tan cloth clamshell box.
- Notes (bibliography):
Bibliography: Zoltan Haraszti, "Medieval Manuscripts in the Library," More Books III (1928): 67 (this description pasted inside front cover)
- Notes (language):
- Call #:
RARE BKS MS f Med.22
MS G.38.21 (no longer used)