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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]
Physical description:
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).
Sold by Laurence Witten (New Haven, Conn.), 1959.
Aristotle. Eudemian ethics Early works to 1800.
Aristotle. Nicomachean ethics Early works to 1800.
Aristotle Criticism and interpretation Early works to 1800.
Ethics - Early works to 1800.
Electors (Kurfürsten)
Holy Roman Empire - Kings and rulers.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, Italian - 14th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Ms. codex.
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.
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. 98 (Ms. Italian 31).
Not found in: Riley, Lyman W. "Aristotle Texts and Commentaries to 1700 in the University of Pennsylvania Library: A Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts." Part V. Library Chronicle 24 (1958), 84-103. Includes section: "Manuscripts (Catalogued by Norman P. Zacour)" (p. 94-98). The Zacour-Hirsch Catalogue (p. 98) says that this manuscript is listed in the Riley/Zacour Aristotle catalog as item number M2A. However, an examination of the Riley/Zacour Aristotle catalog turned up no such item number; nor was this manuscript found listed under any other item number.
Other Titles:
Comincia il libro primo dell'Etica da Aristotile nel quale tratta della felicitade.
Ogne arte et ogne doctrina et ogne operatione et ogne electione.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 273.
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 273

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: Italian
Century: 14th century
Date: 1356
Genre: Codices
Genre: Compendiums
Genre: Manuscripts, Italian - 14th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Medieval
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Subject: Aristotle
Subject: Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Electors (Kurfürsten)
Subject: Ethics
Geography: Holy Roman Empire
Author: Alderotti, Taddeo, 1223-1295
Page material: Parchment