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LJS 452 - Ex quo vocabularii varii [et] aute[n]tici
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 452 - Ex quo vocabularii varii [et] aute[n]tici
Title:
Ex quo vocabularii varii [et] aute[n]tici [manuscript].
Origin:
[Germany, 14--]
Physical description:
194 leaves : paper ; 218 x 142 (156 x 98) mm. bound to 218 x 165 mm.
Summary:
Alphabetical dictionary of Latin words and names with parts of speech and definitions given by Latin synonym, Latin explanation, German equivalent, German explanation, or a combination of these methods. Introductory paragraph in Latin refers to and criticizes previous lexicographical works and emphasizes the benefits of alphabetical arrangement.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from incipit (f. 1r); the work had numerous printed editions in the 15th century under the title Vocabularius ex quo.
Collation: Paper, 194; 1-13¹² 14¹²(-1) 15¹⁰ 16¹⁴ 17⁶(-3); [1-194], modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Catchwords on last leaf of gatherings 1-13, lower right verso.
Layout: Written in 3 columns of 28-39 lines; 2 narrow columns on the left, which contain single letters or abbreviations probably referring to gender and part of speech, and the main column containing dictionary entries and definitions; frame-ruled in faint ink.
Script: Written in Gothic cursive script.
Decoration: 2 5-line initials in red with brown penwork (f. 1r); 2-line to 4-line initials in red, at the beginning of each new letter section and occasionally for entries in the middle of letter sections, through H (f. 6v-89r); capitals touched with red (f. 1r-89r).
Binding: 15th-century German limp parchment with a rigid leather backplate decorated with chainstitching, ornamental scoring and punching, and leather buttons.
Origin: Written in Germany in the 15th century.
Cite as:
LJS 452
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 452
 
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