Italian manuscript of the `Satires’ of Juvenal. Edit




  • 15th century. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    i + 83 + i folios.



  • Physical Description

    0.00 linear metresi + 83 + i folios.170.00 x 255.00 millimetres

  • Dimensions

    170.00 x 255.00 millimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    The manuscript is written by two 15th-century hands (changing after folio 30, vi. 487). Folio 70 (an inserted leaf) repeats xiv. 93-142, already written on folio 69. The first part is of the Ξ group (cf. `Handschriftliche Grundlagen des Juvenaltextes`); the second part, although it has the Ξ feature of xv being placed after xvi, appears to have a Ψ text.

    The first part is written in a neo-Caroline hand, closely imitating the script of the 11th and 12th centuries (indeed it has been ascribed to that period by many, but it has the significant pointer of dotted i`s, cf. L Laurand in ‘Revue des études latines’, xi, 11-12); the second part is in a round humanistic hand. Space has been left for a title and for initials to each satire, but these have not been added. There are interlinear and marginal glosses on folios 1-25 (as far as vi. 236), and occasionally thereafter. On folio 81 verso is written the couplet `Vt imbre tellus: sic riganda mens meus. /Vt illa fruges, hec bona consilia efferat`, then various pen-trials, then `Al M[?fico] Ill[?re] Sig:[?r] and Prone mio /Obb[?m] il sⁿ Pietro Vrbani`, in a 16th-century hand. The numbers 52 and 120 occur on the upper and lower pastedowns respectively.

  • Arrangement

    Collation: 1-6¹⁰, 7¹⁰ + 1 leaf after 7⁹, 8⁸, 9⁴ (ruled but blank). Catchwords by the second hand below and at right angles to the lower right-hand corner of the text. Pricking not preserved. Ruling with a hard point. 1 column. 25 lines. Ruled area 180 x 100 mm. Secundo folio: `accipiat sane mercedé’.

  • Bibliography

    Juvenal. ‘Satires’, edited by W V Clausen (Oxford, 1959).

    Knoche, U. `Handschriftliche Grundlagen des Juvenaltextes`, in ‘Philologus’, Supplement xxxiii. 1, (1940).

    ‘Revue des études latines’, xi (1933).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Vellum. Continental (?) binding of black morocco, tooled in gilt, late 18th or early 19th century.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    The manuscript was acquired by the Advocates’ Library before circa 1825.