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Ms. Codex 243 - Alderotti, Taddeo, 1223-1295 - Leticha
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Alderotti, Taddeo, 1223-1295.
Leticha / del magnio filosefo Aristotile.
[Italy, ca. 1500]
Physical description:
33 leaves : paper, col. ill. ; 285 x 197 (208 x 115) mm. bound to 293 x 201 mm.
Italian compendium of Aristotle's Nichomachean ethics.
Ms. codex.
Title from opening rubric (f. 1r): Qui comenza lo libro chiamato leticha del magnio filosefo Aristotile pieno de moralita Iesus Cristus.
Collation: Paper, i (modern paper) + 33 + i (modern paper); 1¹²(+1), 2⁵, 3⁵; 1-33; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 46 long lines; ruled in lead; some prickings visible.
Script: Written in a humanistic script by a single hand.
Decoration: Contains 46 large decorated initials throughout, in a variety of colors; decorated with complicated interlacings of serrated branchwork with cone-like fruit; two of the initials have a small coat of arms in the center (f. 1r, 15v); headings to the prologue and the various sections written in red, purple and green; capitals touched with yellow.
Binding: Modern half vellum.
Origin: Written in Italy, ca. 1500 (Zacour-Hirsch).
Many stains and smudges. Slight wormhole damage, obliterating a few words of text on the first few folios. Edges starting to fray and tear in a few places. Binding and cover in good condition.
This text, with contemporary foliation 1-33, is missing its final leaf and was once followed by a treatise on the cardinal virtues based on Valerius Maximus and others, foliated 35-67, now the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library's Marston 43 (Eugenio Refini, University of Warwick).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 243
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 243

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: Italian
Century: 16th century
Date: 1500
Genre: Codices
Genre: Compendiums
Genre: Manuscripts, Italian - 16th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Genre: Translations
Subject: Aristotle
Subject: Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Ethics
Author: Alderotti, Taddeo, 1223-1295
Related names: Burr, Charles W. (Charles Walts), 1861-1944, former owner
Page material: Paper