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Detailed record for Sloane 777

Author Columella, Serenus Samonicus, Ovid ; Pseudo-Ovid; attributed to Virgil
Title Various poems, including Columella's De re rustica (ff. 1-9); Serenus's Liber medicinali (ff. 9-30v); Ibis (ff. 65-77); Nux (f. 79v-83), Medicamina faciei femineae; Aetna (ff. 52-64)
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1470
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Scribe Pomponio Leto, with his marginal notes
Decoration 9 large initial in gold, with white vine stem decoration in colours (ff. 1, 9, 32, 52, 65, 77, 78, 79v, 83). Marginal heraldic decoration in colours and gold, now effaced (f. 1). Large simple initials in blue. Small simple initials in brown, or sometimes red (e.g. ff. 34v, 35v, 36v) at the beginning of lines. Headings in red or olive green.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 125 (140 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 91 ( + 6 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BL/BM in-house. Rebound in 1973; gilt edges.
Provenance Written by Pomponio Leto for Baio Mazzatosta: identified in unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare.
Former shelfmark (?) 'CII', (x2) 1 ruled out in pencil (f. 1).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 777.

R. M. Thomson, 'Pseudo-Ovid', in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, ed. by L. D. Reynolds (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 285-86 (p. 285 n. 4, p. 286 n. 9).

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum. A finding list of uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other libraries, 7 vols (London: The Warburg Institute, 1963; repr. 1977-1997) IV (Alia Itinera II): Great Britain to Spain (1989), p. 5.


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