Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library

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Italy, s. XV
1. ff. 1-39v: Crispi Salustii De Coniuratione Catiline Contra R. P. Romanorum Liber Incipit Feliciter, [Prologue:] Omnis homines qui sese student prestare ceteris animalibus…[f. 3, Text:] Lucius catilina nobili genere natus fuit magna vi…luctus atque gaudium agitabatur. Crispi Salustii De Coniuratione Cateline Contra R. P. Romanorum Liber Explicit Feliciter.
A. W. Ahlbert, ed., C. Sallusti Crispi Catilina Iugurtha (Leipzig 1919) 2-52.
2. ff. 40-117: [Sallust, Bellum Iugurthinum] Falso queritur de natura sua genus humanum…Ea tempestate spes atque opes civitatis in illo site sunt. [ff. 117v-119v and the back pastedown, ruled, but blank]
Ahlberg, 53-162.
Parchment, ff. i + 119; 180 × 131 (112 × 75) mm. 1-1210 (the last folio of the last quire now as pastedown). Catchwords written vertically between inner bounding lines through quire 8. 21 long lines, ruled in hard point, with double vertical bounding lines and top and bottom 2 lines full across; pricking visible on last quires. One hand in a humanistic script; rubrics, ff. 1, 3 and 39v, in square capitals in a reddish-brown ink. On f. 1, gold initial, 4-line, with white vine-stem infilling and C-shaped border decorated at the corners with an owl, a butterfly and clusters of gold dots; on ff. 3 and 40, gold initials, 3- and 4- line, on a blue, yellow and red ground; on ff. 42, 94v, 100v and 114v, 2-line blue initials; 1-line initials in ink of text placed outside of ruled space. Some corrections to the text, s. XVI. Bound, s. XV, in Italian goatskin over wooden boards, stamped in the rectangular central panel and in its surrounding frame with a small circular tool with a dot in its center; traces of 2 fore edge clasps; 5 bosses remain of the original 10. Written in Italy in the fifteenth century. Two unidentified early owners: in the lower margin of f. 1, an erased coat of arms within a crown of laurel leaves; in the right margin, a later coat of arms tied to a lion’s head with a red ribbon: azure, a calf salient parted or and argent. Belonged, s. XVII, to “Bartolomeo” whose ex libris is on f. i: “Hunc ego nempe librum possideo Bartolomeus <one word erased>”; later owned by Giambattista Guaspari of Gallicano (in the province of Lucca?), whose ex libris are on f. i. (written over the previous one), “Battista Guaspari MDCCLXXV” and on the back pastedown, “Di Gio. Battista Guaspari di Gallicano 1775.” On f. 117, below the text, in 2 hands, “L.6” and “non nominare il suo nome in vano.” Owned by Henry William Poor (1844-1915), his ex libris on the front pastedown; his sale, Anderson, New York, 17 November 1908, pt. I, n. 803 to Friedman. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: Que homines arant
Bibliography: De Ricci, “Handlist” 106. De Ricci, 83.
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
De Ricci, “Handlist”
S. De Ricci, “A Handlist of Latin Classical Manuscripts in American Libraries,” Philological Quarterly 1 (1922) 100-08

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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