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Name: Berardus Racanatensis In Turpissimum Maledicum Apologia

Repository: Saint Patrick's College

Settlement: Manly, Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
In Turpissimum Maledicum Apologia

Library ref: MS.5


Binding: modern binding of brown pigskin, spine carries gilt title OPUS MANUSCRIPTUM.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (8)1 (10)2-4 (8)5, Quire 1 lacks its first and last sheets. Ar., Av., 44v., 45r., 46r., Cr., Cv. are blank.


Condition: Edges trimmed Fol. 1 and 46 have been repaired. There are water stains on most of the sheets, rarely with loss of text.

Deco desc: Italian style illuminated initials (22 x 20, 8 x 15, 8 x 8mm.) in green, red, gold, with white tracery on 6v., 17v., 25r., 33r., 40v., 43v.

Dimensions: 236 x 146 mm

Extent: iii + 46


Hand desc: Italian littera humanistica cursiva


Layout: one col. of 28 lines

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Orig date: s. xv2

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Provenance: 45v. in a contemporary Italian hand is Cato, Disticha, I, 1 Si deus est animus nobis ut carmina dicunt, followed by the lines Carmina laudantur de vix m potenti (repeated magna spelt mang on 46v.) and per mare et per terras per. . . nummina; the tops of Br. and Bv. carry the letters ÔJhsÕ; Br. in contemporary hand is letter, much rubbed, from the author of the text and dated at Padua, as follows: Berardus Marina Salutem. Opusculum quod proximis his hybernis. . . (ending) uulgarem fore existimo uale padua ydili iunii anno mcccclxxx . . . (the remaining letters of the date are effliced); Bv. in another contemporary hand is a letter of reply undated: Franciscus uulphus (?) Berardo Racanatensi philosopho clarissimo salutem. Vir prestantissime et epistolam et librum contrastioribus his lucubrationibus a te scriptum legi summa diligentia . . . inmortalitati comedisti uale et ut facis me ama. The early history of the MS. is not known

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 26



Support: paper water-mark is three hills surmounted by a cross cf. Briquet, Vol.III, no.11755 (Padua 1484);


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