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Ms. Codex 79 - Cynthius, Laurentius - De misericordia
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 79 - Cynthius, Laurentius - De misericordia
Cynthius, Laurentius.
De misericordia [manuscript].
[Italy, between 1475 and 1499]
Physical description:
11 leaves : paper ; 219 x 150 (140 x 82) mm.
Treatise on mercy, addressed to Jacobus Guicciardinus. Cynthius includes quotations and selections from various authors, including Augustine and Ambrose, and two pages in Greek taken from On wealth and poverty by St. John Chrysostom (f. 10r-v), followed by Martial's epigram, "Extra fortunam est, quicquid donatur amicis; Quas dederis, solas semper habebis opes." The treatise is preceded by an epigram of three distichs in Latin and is followed by ten lines of Greek.
Ms. gathering.
Title supplied by cataloger based on introductory paragraph; author's and recipient's names taken from f. 2r.
Incipit and explicit of introductory epigram: (f. 1v) Si cupis in caelum transcendere tramite recto ... aeternam vitam pro breviore Deus.
Incipit and explicit of text: (f. 2r) Cum superioribus diebus Iacobe una essemus in foro ... (f. 11r) Haec habui mi Iacobe: quae carptim de misericordiae operibus ad te scriberem Hoc unum ego in calce addam: quod Leo pontifex maximus dicit in sermonibus ad populum ... [followed by a formulaic closing and ten lines of Greek, with the heading: Phōkyllidou].
Collation: Paper, 11; [i], 1⁶, 2⁴(-1), [i]; 1-11; contemporary foliation in ink, lower left recto; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 22 long lines; ruled in drypoint.
Script: Written in a humanistic cursive script with display capitals for Latin titles.
Decoration: Occasional use of red initials, headings and marginal notes.
Watermarks: Bird-shaped watermark not found in Briquet.
Origin: Written in Italy in the late 15th century (Zacour-Hirsch).
Dealer's description and two pages of transcription on file in the Library.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 79
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 79
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