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LJS 27 - Muscarello, Pietro Paolo - Algorismus
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 27 - Muscarello, Pietro Paolo - Algorismus    Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 27 - Muscarello, Pietro Paolo - Algorismus
Author:
Muscarello, Pietro Paolo.
Title:
Algorismus [manuscript].
Origin:
[Nola], 1478.
Physical description:
113 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 213 x 154 (144 x 95) mm. bound to 220 x 162 mm.
Summary:
Pedagogical treatise on commercial and practical arithmetic, with extensive use of arabic numerals and problems illustrated with scenes from daily life.
Notes:
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:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania LJS 27
 
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