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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.
Gift of Charles W. Burr, 1938 (bookplate, inside upper cover).
Related names:
Burr, Charles W. (Charles Walts), 1861-1944, former owner.
Aristotle. Nicomachean ethics Early works to 1800.
Aristotle Criticism and interpretation Early works to 1800.
Ethics - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, Italian - 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
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).
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 93 (Ms. Italian 4).
Riley, Lyman W. "Aristotle Texts and Commentaries to 1700 in the University of Pennsylvania Library." Part V. The Library Chronicle XXIV (1958), 86-98. This manuscript listed in the section: "Manuscripts (Catalogued by Norman P. Zacour)," p. 94 (item number M4).
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