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LJS 179 - Lucretius Carus, Titus - Della natura delle cose libri VI
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 179 - Lucretius Carus, Titus - Della natura delle cose libri VI
Lucretius Carus, Titus.
Della natura delle cose libri VI [manuscript] / tradotti dall' idioma latino nel volgar fiore[n]tino da Alessandro March[et]ti, fiorentino professore ordinario di filosofia nello studio di Pisa.
De rerum natura. Italian
[Italy, before 1746]
Physical description:
148 leaves : paper ; 155 x 104 (99-106 x 65-75) mm. bound to 164 x 120 mm.
17th-century Italian translation of De rerum natura by Alessandro Marchetti, a generally anti-Aristotelian teacher of philosophy and mathematics at Pisa. Publication of this translation was forbidden in Italy, so it was still being copied by hand in the 18th century. The translation breaks off early in Book 4 (4.265, f. 146v, with a dangling catchword), followed by a final page of text from slightly later in Book 4 (4.384-394, f. 147v).
Ms. codex.
Title from title page (f. 1r).
Foliation: Paper, 148; [i], 1-88, 90-148, contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto. Catchwords on each page, lower right corner.
Layout: Written in 13-22 long lines; outer margin marked by folding.
Script: Written in cursive script by a single hand.
Decoration: Scrollwork in ink on title page (f. 1r); small ornaments in ink at the end of Book 2 (f. 85r) and the beginnings of Book 3 and Book 4 (f. 85v, 138v).
Binding: 18th- or 19th-century parchment with T. Lucret Caro del Marchett in gilt on spine; ribbon marker.
Origin: Written in Italy, with an inscription dated 9 Jan. 1746 (f. 147r).
Cite as:
UPenn LJS 179
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania LJS 179
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