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JUVENAL; PERSIUS
Southern Italy, s. XVex
1. ff. 1-69v: [Guarinus Veronensis, Argumentum:] Materiam et causas satyrarum hac inspice prima. [Juvenal, Saturae:] Semper ego auditor tantum nunquam ne reponam…Ut Leti phaleris omnes et torquibus omnes. Finis Laus Deo. Bernardinus excribi fecit amicis ęque ac sibi.
W. V. Clausen, ed., A. Persi Flacci et D. Iuni Iuvenalis Saturae (Oxford 1959), the satires of Juvenal on pp. 35-175; Greek omitted after “Sollicitent,” Book 9.37. Each satire, except the third, proceded by the argumentum of Guarinus Veronensis; S. Endlicher, ed., Catalogus codicum philologicorum latinorum Bibliothecae Palatinae Vindobonensis (Vienna 1836) 116.
2. ff. 70-83 [f. 70, blank]: [Persius, Prologue to the Saturae] Nec fonte Labra prolui caballino…[Text:] De perversis exercitationibus poetarum, O curas hominum o quantum in rebus inane…Inventus Crisippe tui finitor acervi. Angelus scripsit. [ff. 83v-84v, blank]
Clausen, the satires of Persius on pp. 1-28. Listed as n. 444 in P. Scarcia-Piacentini, “Saggio di un censimento dei manoscritti contenenti il testo di Persio e gli scoli e i commenti al testo,” Studi su Persio e la scoliastica persiana 3.1. Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature straniere, Università di Pisa (Rome 1973).
Parchment (prepared in the Italian manner), ff. iii + 84 + ii; 324 × 178 (204 × 95) mm. 1-810 94. One catchword survives, f. 60v, written horizontally in the inner corner; quire and leaf signatures of letters and arabic numerals. 28 lines of verse, ruled in dry point, with double bounding lines. Written in a humanistic script by Angelus. Opening leaf for Juvenal, crude full border composed of bands and medallions of white vine stem (some of it traced over in a darker ink) and woven strapwork, inhabited by putti and animals, and outlined in gold; in the lower margin, a coat of arms within a laurel wreath (see below); apparently by the same person who painted the border in Oxford, Bod. Lib., MS Lyell 83 (see de la Mare, Lyell Cat., 251-53 and Pächt and Alexander, vol. 2, n. 367, pl. 35). Opening initial for Juvenal, 4-line, in gold on a white-patterned blue ground outlined in red. Full page miniature, f. 70v, of the 9 Muses holding blank scrolls and standing in front of a fountain; in the background, Pegasus with his hoof breaking the ground of Mount Helicon to bring forth the spring Hippocrene; an angel hovering to the right; the style of the miniature is reminiscent of the work of Cristoforo Majorana. Full white vine stem border of finer execution than the one on f. 1, inhabited by putti and birds, decorated with gold strapwork in the center of the upper and lower margins, and outlined in gold. Opening initial for the text of Persius, f. 71, 2-line in gold on a ground of white vine stem with an extension in the margin, by the first border artist; secondary initials, 3- and 2-line, in gold on a cusped ground of parted burgundy and blue; opening initial for the prologue of Persius, f. 71, with white vine stem extension, by the first border artist. Argumenta in pale red ink. Bound by Mercier in dark blue morocco with gilt varicolored leather onlays; vellum doublures with dentelle borders; gauffered gilt edges. Written, perhaps in Naples, by Angelus who signed his name on f. 83; for other manuscripts copied by the same scribe, see Alexander and de la Mare, Italian Manuscripts…of Major J. R. Abbey, 28, pp. 77-78. The first owner, “Bernardinus” (his name on f. 69v), may possibly be identified with Bernardinus Carafa, bishop of Chieti from 1501 until his death in 1505. The coat of arms on f. 1, however, is azure a sheaf of wheat or, suggested to be that of the Formento family of Verona (Rietstap, vol. 2, pl. 345). L. S. Olschki, Bull. 2 (Venice 1892) to Robert Hoe: Bierstadt (1895) p. 16 with a plate of f. 70v; Cat. (1909) pp. 124-25; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1911, pt. 1, n. 2147 to G. D. Smith; his Cat. 3 (1911) n. 20 to Henry E. Huntington in April 1912.
Secundo folio: Cum Lęno accipiat
Bibliography: De Ricci, “Handlist” 104. De Ricci, 46.
Abbreviations
Alexander and de la Mare, Italian Manuscripts…of Major J. R. Abbey
J. J. G. Alexander and A. C. de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts in the Library of Major J. R. Abbey (New York and London 1969)
Hoe: Bierstadt (1895)
O. A. Bierstadt, The Library of Robert Hoe: a Contribution to the History of Bibliophilism in America (New York 1895)
Hoe: Cat. (1909)
[C. Shipman], A Catalogue of Manuscripts Forming a Portion of the Library of Robert Hoe (New York 1909)
de la Mare, Lyell Cat.
A. de la Mare, Catalogue of the Collection of Medieval Manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian Library Oxford by James P. R. Lyell (Oxford 1971)
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
Pächt and Alexander
O. Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (Oxford 1966-73)
Rietstap
J. B. Rietstap, Armorial général (2nd ed. 1884-87; plates 1903-26 and Supplements 1926-51 by V. Rolland and H. Rolland)

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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