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PLUTARCH, VITA BRUTI and COMPARATIO DIONIS ET BRUTI
Italy, s. XVmed
1. ff. 1-20: Marci Bruti Vita ex Plutarco Per Guarinum Veronensem Oratorem Clarissimum, Marci Bruti progenitor fuit Iunius fuit brutus [sic] quem pristi romanorum…epistolam vere bruti fuisse dicimus.
Iacopo Angeli da Scarperia, trans.; on the authorship of the different Plutarch translations, see V. R. Giustiniani, “Sulle traduzioni latine delle ‘Vite’ di Plutarco nel Quattrocento,” Rinascimento, 2a ser., 1 (1961) 37 and n. 3.
2. ff. 20-21v: Comparatio et diligens de bruto ac dione iudicium plutarchi, His itaque hominibus cum multa bonorum adsint genera…ut statua eodem in loco permaneret imperavit. [ff. 22-24v, ruled, but blank]
Guarinus Veronensis, trans.; in the manuscripts, the Comparatio usually follows the Vita Dionis (also translated by Guarinus Veronensis), not the Vita Bruti.
Paper (not in Briquet, Monts surmounted by a cross), ff. i (modern paper) + 24 + i (modern paper); 275 × 200 (192 × 90) mm. 1-212. Catchword in center lower margin. 36 long lines in quire 1, 34 in quire 2; horizontal rules in ink, vertical double bounding lines in lead; the written space placed towards the center of the page with 45-50 mm. margins at either side. Written in a cursive minuscule script with some humanistic influences. 5-line plain initial in the ink of the text, f. 1, followed by the first line in display capitals; pale red-brown rubrics on f. 1, on the last note on f. 23v and the note on f. 24v. Notes added on f. 23v in a humanistic script are: Omnia prius experiri consilio quam armis sapientem decet et cetera; Vincat honestas commoda propria et iustitia ac leges humanos coherceant affectus nec male imperanti obediamus et cetera; Adversam enim corporis egritudinem ars sanat animi vero sola mors medetur; on f. 24v, an added note in a cursive script: Vita alexandri, vita marci bruti traducte de grecho in latinum per elloquentissimum virum guarinum veronensem. Act. 150. Marginal notes on f. 1 in the hand of Guarino.1 Bound, s. XIXin, in brown half calf by Charles Lewis. Written in Italy in the mid-fifteenth century; it possibly once also included a Life of Alexander. Belonged to the Rev. Henry Drury (1778-1841), with his signature in the upper right hand corner of the first flyleaf; his sale, London, 19 February 1827, n. 3464 to Sir Thomas Phillipps. Phillipps n. 3377 and his pressmark on the front pastedown; Phillipps sale, Sotheby’s, 10 June 1896, n. 959 to Leighton. Owned by G. D. Smith; sale by Anderson, New York, 30 March 1908, n. 299 to G. D. Smith; resold for him by Anderson, New York, 12 October 1909, n. 227 to S. Source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: conveniens dissimulata
Bibliography: De Ricci, 81.
Notes
1 We thank Dr. A. C. de la Mare for this identification.

Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
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)

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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