THE PLINY OF SAINT JAMES IN THE MARCH

MS 1000
MS Short Title THE PLINY OF SAINT JAMES IN THE MARCH
Text THE PLINY OF SAINT JAMES IN THE MARCH GAIUS PLINIUS SECUNDUS MAIOR: HISTORIA NATURALIS BOOKS 1-13, 19-37
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Italy, ca. 1400, 2 vols., 105+177 ff. (complete), vol. 1 (Books 1-13): 35x25 cm, single column, (25x16 cm), 44-59 lines in Italian cursive by several scribes, vol. 2 (Books 19-37): 37x25 cm, 2 columns, (25x16 cm), 43-45 lines in a clear Gothic book script, several large fine decorated initials in blue with red penwork and marginal extenders, numerous smaller initials in red or blue with marginal scrollwork, contemporary annotations by Saint Giacomo della Marca, including autograph notes at the end of each volume, signed by Saint Giacomo.
Binding England, 19th c., blindtooled brown diced russia, sewn on 5 bands.
Context MSS owned by saints: MSS 260/36, 620, 639, 1000 and 1751.
Provenance 1. Saint Giacomo della Marca, Monteprandone in the March of Ancona (1394-1476); 2. Franciscan Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Monteprandone in the March of Ancona (15th-early 19th c.); 3. Thomas Payne, London (1823); 4. Sir Thomas Phillipps, Cheltenham, Ph 4196-97 (1823-1872); 5. Harrison D. Horblit, Ridgefield, Connecticut (d. 1988); 6. H.P. Kraus cat. 155(1980):14, and cat. 186(1991):126.
Commentary From a Saint's library, with his autograph annotations and signatures. On the endleaves of both volumes, the Franciscan Saint Giacomo della Marca (St. James in the March) writes that he bought both volumes together for 14 1/2 gold ducats for the convent, and ends with: "ego frater Jacobus de eodem loco". He was observantine friar, a pupil of St. Bernardinus of Siena, mendicant preacher, penitent, scribe and inquisitor. Pliny (23-79) was a man so intensely interested in the natural world that he was killed while trying to observe at close quarter the eruption of Vesuvius, that buried Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia. Pliny the younger claimed that his uncle's book in 37 volumes was "a learned and comprehensive work as full of variety as nature itself". It includes more than 20,000 facts derived from over 2000 earlier texts, which makes it much more than the title implies. It is an encyclopaedia of all the useful knowledge of the ancient world, covering astronomy, geography, zoology, botany, agriculture, medicine, magic, mining and minerals, coinage, painting, sculpture, papyrus making, scribal techniques, architecture, anthropology, philosophy, history, and more.
Place of origin Italy
Dates ca. 1400

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