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Ms. Codex 331 - Miracoli e leggende
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 331 - Miracoli e leggende
Miracoli e leggende [manuscript].
[Tuscany?, between 1425 and 1450]
Physical description:
61 leaves : paper ; 281 x 195 (203 x 155) mm. bound to 290 x 200 mm.
Collection of miracle stories and lives of the saints told in the style of contemporary novels, with the intention of making the average reader realize the punishment for sinful actions and the reward for virtuous life. Includes paraphrases of miraculous stories and legends of the Virgin and of the saints. Many of the latter category are based on early Christian literature, such as the Lives of the Fathers, which in many cases are cited as the source. The individual stories appear to be unpublished, except for the story of the childless queen. Appears to be incomplete, with one or more folios missing at the end.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
Titles of individual items from headings, and from Zacour-Hirsch.
Origin: Written in the second quarter of the 15th century, probably in Tuscany (Zacour-Hirsch).
Script: Written in mercantesca script, probably by a single hand.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 36 lines; royal quarto format.
Collation: Paper, i (modern) + 61 + i (modern); 1-6¹⁰ followed by the first leaf of a missing quire; early foliation in ink, 12-72, upper center recto; modern foliation in pencil, 1-61, upper right recto. Horizontal catchwords in ink, lower center last verso. References in this record are to modern foliation.
Decoration: Red and blue initials. First initial (f. 1r) has red pen-drawn filigree ornamentation. Red used for headings.
Watermarks: Similar to Briquet, Lettre T 9127 (Naples, 1444).
Binding: Modern marbled paper over boards.
Paper stained and fragile. Some smudges. Edges of leaves frayed and worn; a few tears. Evidence of later repairs to the edges of some leaves. A few wormholes. Binding solid; cover shows only slight wear.
On file in the Library: three leaves of notes in the hand of G. Martini; bookseller's description on the stationery of H. P. Kraus (used in part for the item description in the present record).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 331.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 331
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