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LJS 27 - Muscarello, Pietro Paolo - Algorismus
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 27 - Muscarello, Pietro Paolo - Algorismus
Muscarello, Pietro Paolo.
[Nola], 1478.
Physical description:
113 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 213 x 154 (144 x 95) mm. bound to 220 x 162 mm.
Pedagogical treatise on commercial and practical arithmetic, with extensive use of arabic numerals and problems illustrated with scenes from daily life.
Ms. codex.
Title from introduction (f. 1r).
Collation: Parchment, 113; 1-2⁶ 3¹⁰ 4¹⁰(+1) 5-8¹⁰ 9¹⁰(-1) 10⁸ 11¹⁰(-1) 12¹⁰ 13⁴; [i-xii], 1-62, 63-79, 81-101, [102-103]; contemporary foliation in ink, upper center. Vertical catchwords on last verso of gatherings 3-13, lower right recto.
Layout: Written in 31 long lines, with the table of contents in 2 columns; bounding lines ruled in faint ink, with the first line of text frequently above the upper horizontal bounding line.
Script: Written in a semi-cursive script in the hand of Pietro Paolo Muscarello.
Decoration: Full illuminated border including the arms of the Alberti family and 8-line inhabited initial showing a bearded man in a turban reading from a book (f. 1r); 54 illustrations in color (f. 58r-101r); one section of geometric diagrams (f. 87r-90r); 4 manicules (f. 17v, 46r, 48v, 49r); 3 initials in gold (f. v recto, 11r, 86r); decorated initials throughout in red or blue flourished in purple or red, sometimes including small images (for example, a rabbit (f. 2r) and a goose (f. 21r)); capitals touched in yellow; edges sprinkled in blue.
Binding: 18th-century mottled calf; gilt spine; marbled pastedowns.
Origin: Written in Nola, Italy, in 1478 (f. 101r).
Cite as:
LJS 27
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 27
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