Ms. Codex 273 - Alderotti, Taddeo, 1223-1295 - Liber ethicorum Aristotelis
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Alderotti, Taddeo, 1223-1295.
Liber ethicorum Aristotelis [manuscript].
[Italy, before 1356]
71 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 213 x 142 (123 x 92) mm. bound to 218 x 145 mm.
Compendium of Aristotle's Ethics (both the Nicomachean and the Eudemian, or Great Ethics), followed by a list of the electors of the Holy Roman Empire (f. 66r).
Title from closing rubric (f. 66r).
Heading on f. 1r: Comincia il libro primo dell'Etica da Aristotile nel quale tratta della felicitade.
Incipit: Ogne arte et ogne doctrina et ogne operatione et ogne electione ... (f. 1r).
Collation: Parchment, 71; 1, [i]², 1⁸( -1), 2-8⁸, 9⁶( -1); [ii, 1-69]; modern foliation, upper right recto. The first leaf is the front endleaf and is conjugate with the front pastedown. The back pastedown is numbered f. 70.
Layout: Written in 20 long lines; ruled in lead; prickings visible.
Script: Written in a large gotica cancelleresca script in a single hand, except for the first leaf, which was lost or mutilated at an early date and was replaced about 1450 by another leaf written in a rather rough hand (f. 1).
Decoration: 7-line decorated initial in red and blue (f. 1r); rubricated headings; red and blue used for highlights, initials.
Binding: Blind-stamped dark brown morocco, probably Florentine, ca. 1450 (perhaps contemporary with the replaced f. 1); gilt rondels and clasps missing.
Origin: Written in Italy, before the Golden Bull of 1356; after 1356 the electorships were held by different lay princes than those listed here (f. 66r; Witten).
Generally in good condition. Some stains and smudges on the leaves. Ink faded on some folios. Outer hinges of cover starting to crack.
UPenn Ms. Codex 273.
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 273