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LJS 27 - Muscarello, Pietro Paolo - Algorismus
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Muscarello, Pietro Paolo.
[Nola], 1478.
Physical description:
113 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 213 x 154 (144 x 95) mm. bound to 220 x 162 mm.
Pedagogical treatise on commercial and practical arithmetic, with extensive use of arabic numerals and problems illustrated with scenes from daily life.
1. f.i recto-iv verso: [Multiplication tables]
2. f.v recto-xii verso: [Table of contents]
3. f.1r-101v: Algorismus.
Illuminated for a member of the Albertini family of Nola (their arms, f. 1r); 17th-century inscription, Stefano Scarella di San Remo (f. 102v).
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 23 June 1992, lot 73, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.
Related names:
Scarella, Stefano, former owner.
Arithmetic - Early works to 1900.
Mathematics - Early works to 1800.
Merchants - Italy.
Nola (Italy)
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, Italian - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Ms. codex.
Title from introduction (f. 1r).
Collation: Parchment, 113; 1-2⁶ 3¹⁰ 4¹⁰(+1) 5-8¹⁰ 9¹⁰(-1) 10⁸ 11¹⁰(-1) 12¹⁰ 13⁴; [i-xii], 1-62, 63-79, 81-101, [102-103]; contemporary foliation in ink, upper center. Vertical catchwords on last verso of gatherings 3-13, lower right recto.
Layout: Written in 31 long lines, with the table of contents in 2 columns; bounding lines ruled in faint ink, with the first line of text frequently above the upper horizontal bounding line.
Script: Written in a semi-cursive script in the hand of Pietro Paolo Muscarello.
Decoration: Full illuminated border including the arms of the Alberti family and 8-line inhabited initial showing a bearded man in a turban reading from a book (f. 1r); 54 illustrations in color (f. 58r-101r); one section of geometric diagrams (f. 87r-90r); 4 manicules (f. 17v, 46r, 48v, 49r); 3 initials in gold (f. v recto, 11r, 86r); decorated initials throughout in red or blue flourished in purple or red, sometimes including small images (for example, a rabbit (f. 2r) and a goose (f. 21r)); capitals touched in yellow; edges sprinkled in blue.
Binding: 18th-century mottled calf; gilt spine; marbled pastedowns.
Origin: Written in Nola, Italy, in 1478 (f. 101r).
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 41-43 (LJS 27).
Publications of or about this material:
Partial facsimile edited by G. Chiarini, M. Nasti, M. L. Gengaro, and G. Martini. Algorismus: trattato di aritmetica practica e mercantile del secolo XV. Banca Commerciale Italiana, 1972.
Cite as:
LJS 27
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 27

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Collection: Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Italian
Century: 15th century
Date: 1478
Genre: Codices
Genre: Drawings
Genre: Manuscripts, Italian - 15th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Genre: Treatises
Subject: Arithmetic
Subject: Mathematics
Subject: Merchants
Geography: Italy
Geography: Nola (Italy)
Author: Muscarello, Pietro Paolo
Related names: Scarella, Stefano, former owner
Page material: Parchment