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Name: Boethius De Musica - Pseudo-Hucbaldus Musica Enchiriadis

Repository: State Library of Victoria

Settlement: Melbourne

Associated Manuscript Items:
De Musica
Musica Enchiriadis

Library ref: *091/B63, stock no.587673


Binding: 19c. brown morocco over boards, gilt, by C. Lewis (see below), spine gilt with lettering BOETII / MUSICA / M.S. f SEC. XIII (sic).


Collation: (8)1-7 Av.-Bv., Cv., Dr.-Er. are blank


Condition: Edges cut and gilded. Some folios have been repaired. Most sheets have purple stains, however they rarely efface the text. Worm-holes in fols 1-18 without loss of text. It appears that in the 15c. this MS. was the last part of another volume.

Deco desc: orange rubrics and green, orange, or brown ink drawings

Dimensions: 305 x 210 mm

Extent: v + 56

Foliation: foliation modern pencil in arabic numerals

Hand desc: Rhineland or northern Italian littera prae-gothica textualis


Layout: one col. of 39-40 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: The Public Library of Victoria 1856-1956, Melbourne 1956, p. 73 (reproduces 9r.); K. V. Sinclair, "Phillipps Manuscripts in Australia", The Book Collector, Vol.XI (1962), pp.334-5, and "Eine alte Abschrift zweier Musiktraktate", Archiv fur Musikwissenschaft, Vol.XXII (1965), pp.52-5.

Music notation: Daseia musical notation

Note: Cr. in a 15c. littera hybrida currens is a schematic table of astrological texts mentioning such authorities as Ptolomaeus, Thebit, Iohannes Hispalensis Alkabitus, Albumasaris, Alfagranus, and there follows immediately a much rubbed transcription of a commentary (here without ascription) on portion of Arzachel, Canones ad tabulas tholetanas and it begins: "Quoniam cuiusque actionis quantitatem[N72] archazel [sic] arabus composuit tabulas ad ciuitatem toletti..." These opening words are underlined and are the incipit of Arzachel's text, cf. Thorndike, 1268. Fol. 56v. among scribbles now almost illegible is a 15c. musical diagram of the diatesseron.

Orig date: s. xi 1

Orig place:


Provenance: Ar. has a note "Boetii Musica, an Ancient MS. in fine Condition with diagrams. A MS. of a work of rare occurrence bound by C. Lewis. H. Drury 1824"; spine carries the small printed number "3345", being that of Sir Thomas Phillipps; Ev. in modern pencil "W. H. Robinson 5.9.1949. £LE-N/a/-" Ar. has the stock no."587673"; Ev. bears the library's shelf-mark *091/B63.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 223


Signatures: quire signatures in roman numerals placed in the centre of the lower margin of last folio verso of each gathering

Support: vellum, paper


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