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Name: Flavius Iosephus De Bello Iudaeorum (translation attributed to Rufinus Aquilegiensis)

Repository: State Library of Victoria

Settlement: Melbourne

Associated Manuscript Items:
De Bello Iudaeorum

Library ref: *f091/J77, stock no.587559

Acquisition: purchased in 1949 from W. H. Robinson

Binding: Av. carries a sticker with the legend 'Bound by C. Lewis, Duke St, St James's' -- blue morocco with gilt crest (see below). Spine has gilt lettering IOSEPHI / HISTORIAE / CODEX / ANTIQUISS. / SUPRA / MEMBRANIS.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (8)1 (10)2-14 (9)15 Ar., Av., Br. are blank


Condition: Edges cut, gilded, and goffered

Deco desc: red rubrics and running titles; small initials alternately blue, with red penwork and red, with blue penwork. One ornamental border (1r.) with vine fronds and spangles, two heads in Lombard style, one in profile and the other three-quarters facing. The colouring is blue, pink, green, white, gold and these shades are also employed for the illuminated initials (35 x 35mm.) on 1r.a, 2v.a, 35r.a, 62r.a, 77v.b, 88r.a, 98v.b, 118v.b.

Dimensions: 325 x 225 mm

Extent: ii + 147


Hand desc: Italian littera gothica textualis


Layout: two cols each of 43 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: The Public Library of Victoria 1856-1956, Melbourne 1956, p. 107 (reproduces 77v.) ; K. V. Sinclair, 'Phillipps Manuscripts in Australia', The Book Collector, Vol.XI (1962), p. 335.

Music notation:


Orig date: s. xv1

Orig place:


Provenance: Covers bear a crest, the initials T. W. [Theodore Williams] and the motto DEUS ALIT ME, and at this owner's sale in 1827 the volume was acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps and numbered 3505 (this number is on the spine); Av. carries the State Library's stock no.587559 while on Bv. is 'W. H. Robinson 5.9.49 £A--/-/- stg.' indicating the year in which the MS. was purchased. Bv. also has the shelf-mark *f091/J77.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 221


Signatures: several quire signatures remain

Support: vellum


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