MARCII VALERII MARCIALIS/ Epigrammaton Liber primo incipit feliciter/ Ad cesarem/ [B]arbara piramidum sileant miracula menfis.../...surgite iam vendis pueris iam tacula pistorum/ Cristare quod sonant undique lucis aves./ Deo gratias/ Explicit marcii valerii martialis Apoforeta feliciter xxv Kalend Julii MCCCCLXXXXXXIII.
- 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)
[July 25, 1453?]
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--Italy
Woodblock-printed paper bindings
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
Epigrams, Latin--Texts--Early works to 1800
Italy > Lombardy (region)
- 150 leaves : paper ; 294 x 195 (181 x 93) mm bound to 30 cm
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
- Place of origin:
Title devised by cataloger.
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
Origin: Written in Lombardy in 1453. See colophon, in red, on fol. 150v.
- Notes (ownership):
Provenance: Owned by Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Barrois (1784-1855), his 1849 sale (no. 496) to Bertram, 4rth Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878).
- Notes (acquisition):
Immediate source of acquisition: Ashburnham sale, Sotheby's London, 10 June 1901, lot 380 (lot number written inside front cover) 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, volume I, page 921.
- Notes (object):
Secundo folio: De dedalo/ Dedale lucano...
Collation: Paper with watermarks: scales (similar to Briquet 2444) and a bull's head with 5-petaled flower above and triangle with three dots below (Briquet 14872, produced in fifteenth-century Brescia - see Briquet III:731), fol. ii (19th-century paper and contemporary vellum) + 150 + i (19th-century paper) ; 1-15¹⁰ ; vertical catchwords in lower right corner, final verso of each quire. Foliated in modern arabic pencil on the upper outer corner of each page (e.g. 1r, 1v, etc.).
Layout: One column, 36 lines. Bounding and writing lines in brown plummet.
Script: Written in a humanistic bookhand, with some ligatures and cursive tendencies, in brown ink with red rubrics.
Decoration: 10-line spaces left for initials at the beginning of each book, unfilled.
Binding: Ca.-18th-century quarter calf with red floral diamond-patterned printed paper over pasteboards, floral stamp in each spine compartment. On red lettering-pieces, "M VALERI/ MARTIAL/ EPIGRAM," and "M.S.". At tail, BPL stamp "G.31.82." On upper cover inked number "64."
- Notes (bibliography):
Bibliography: Zoltan Haraszti, "Medieval Manuscripts in The Library," More Books III (1928): 64 (this description pasted inside front cover).
- Notes (language):
- Call #:
RARE BKS MS f Med.21
MS G.31.82 (no longer used)