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ARISTOTLE, NICOMACHEAN ETHICS, trans. Leonardo Bruni
Italy, s. XVin
ff. 1-126: [Prologue of the translator:] Aristotelis ethicorum libros facere latinos nuper institui non quia prius traducti non essent sed quia sic traducti erant ut barbari magis quam latini effecti viderentur…ut hos labroso [sic] nunc primum latinos fecerim cum antea non essent. Finis. [f. 5, Text:] Omnis ars omnisque doctrina similiter autem et actus et electio bonum quoddam appetere videtur. Quapropter bene ostenderunt summum bonum quod omnia appetunt. Videtur autem inter fines differentia quedam. Alii namque sunt operationes…quis rei publicae status sit optimus et quomodo una quaeque res publica constituta sit et quibus legibus et moribus. Hieronimus Mediolanensis scripsit feliciter. [ff. 126v-127v, blank]
This manuscript lacks the preface to Martin V (1417-31) occurring, for example, in the 1479 Oxford edition (GW 2373). See E. Franceschini, “Leonardo Bruni e il ‘Vetus Interpres’ dell’Etica a Nicomaco,” in Medioevo e Rinascimento: Studi in onore di Bruno Nardi (Florence 1955) 1:299-319.
Parchment (mainly palimpsest, the underlying script running perpendicularly to the present text; on f. 123, apparently the beginning of a document, otherwise very well washed), ff. ii (modern paper) + ii (parchment) + iii (modern paper) + 127 + ii (modern paper) + i (and a stub, parchment) + ii (modern paper); 232 × 170 (170 × 102) mm. 1-1210 138(-8). Catchwords in center lower margin. 25 long lines, ruled in dry point with double bounding lines; written above the top line; pricking occasionally visible in the outer margin. Written by Hieronimus Mediolanensis in a humanistic script. Initials of the prologue and of the books (ff. 1, 5, 18, 27, 40v, 53v, 67, 76, 90, 102) in bright yellow with vinestem on plain blue grounds, infilled with green, red, blue and pink; the initial on f. 1 includes animal heads; the first line of each book in square capitals; 1-line initials set outside written space; space reserved for rubrics; running headlines added, s. XV, up to f. 40. Bound, s. XXin, in brown morocco by the Bay City Blank Book Mfg. Co., gilt edges. Written in Italy in the first quarter of the fifteenth century by a scribe of Milanese origin, Hieronimus, who signed his name on f. 126; the style of the initials may point to Florence as the place of execution. Belonged to Carlo Archinto of Milan (1669-1732) whose ex libris is on f. iii verso, formerly the pastedown when the book was in its green vellum Archinto binding; see J. Gelli, 3500 Ex-Libris Italiani (Milan 1908) pl. 1, n. 1; Archinto sale, Paris, 21 March 1863. Later in Germany, as indicated by a description of the manuscript in German on f. v, now erased, followed by the initials “A.O.C.I.D.D.Q.P.P.I.S.” and signed “R.F.” (?); the same description remains intact on f. vii. Belonged to Henry William Poor (1844-1915); his sale, Anderson, New York, 12 January 1909, pt. III, n. 764 to G. D. Smith. Precise date and source of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: ariditatem lingue
Bibliography: De Ricci, 81.
Abbreviations
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)
GW
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke (1925- )

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.
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