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JACOBUS DE CESSOLIS, DE LUDO SCACCORUM
Italy, s. XV2
ff. 1-47v: Incipit prohemium libri compositi de ludo scachorum a fratre de sexolis ordinis predicatorum, Multorum fratrum ordinis nostri et diversorum scolarium precibus persuasus…[f. 1:] Incipiunt capitula de moribus hominum, Tractatus primus de causa inventionis ludi schacorum capitulum primum sub quo rege inventus est ludus…[f. 1, Text:] De causa inventionis ludi et sub quo rege inventus fuit capitulum primum, Tractatus primus de causa inventionis ludi predicti, capitulum primum sub quo rege predictus ludus inventus fuit. Inter omnia mala signa in homine unum est quando homo non timet deum per culpam…[f. 47: Recapitulatio totius operis capitulum 8m,…] ut in ipso possumus in perpetuum regnare cum ipso et vivere ipso prestante, hunc autem librum in honorem nobilium et solatium et maxime scientium construxi. Amen.
Kaeppeli, SOPMA 2066 citing this manuscript. E. Köpke, ed. Jacobus de Cessolis. Mitteilungen aus den Handschriften der Ritter-Akademie zu Brandenburg an der Havel (Brandenburg a. H. 1879).
Paper (Monts, the simple form, not in Briquet), ff. ii (contemporary paper, originally the liners of the cover) + 47 + ii (contemporary paper, originally the liners of the cover); 215 × 150 (140 × 95) mm. 112(-1) 212 310 414. Catchwords in frames centered in lower margin. 23-29 long lines, the last folio verso with 38 lines. Frame ruled in lead with single bounding lines; pricking in the upper and lower margins. Written in a cursive minuscule script showing humanistic influence. Plain 3- or 2-line red initials with guide letters visible; red paragraph marks; rubrics in a gothic display script, in the ink of the text to f. 22v, thereafter in red ink. Occasional nota marks; f. 32 cancelled with “vacat.” Bound in a limp parchment wrapper, made up of 2 scraps, one a legal document, s. XIV, the other mercantile, s. XV, both apparently from the same area: the place names mentioned are Brescia, Gavardo, Fostaga, and Villanova (the last 3 are in the province of Brescia). The contemporary paper liners have been unglued from the covers, and show lists of receipts and debts dealing with wheat, rye and spelt, one of which is dated 1446; linguistic forms indicate the Veneto. Written in Italy perhaps in the northeast according to linguistic forms in the text. Probably in the province of Brescia at the time of its binding. It later belonged to the collector of Lincolniana, Oliver R. Barrett (1873-1950); sale of a “notable American collector” by the American Art Association, 20 December 1920, n. 547 to J. Adams for Henry E. Huntington.
Secundo folio: pendetur dixit
Bibliography: De Ricci, 83.
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)
Kaeppeli, SOPMA
T. Kaeppeli, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum medii aevi (Rome 1970- )

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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