ROMAN HISTORY

MS 50
MS Short Title ROMAN HISTORY
Text
  1. Eutropius: Historiae Romanorum, books 1-10, revised and extended by Paulus Diaconus, books 11-16
  2. Paulus Diaconus: Historia Langobardorum, book 17
  3. Pope Nicholas 2: Letter referring to Nonantola
  4. Pope Alexander 3: Bull conferring benefits on St. Sylvester, Nonantola
Description MS in Latin on vellum, North Italy ca. 900, 111 ff. (complete) 22x16 cm, single column, (17x11 cm) 26-27 lines in Carolingian minuscule, headings in red and black rustic capitals (texts 1-2), Romanesque bookscript (texts 3-4), marginal glosses in 15th c. humanist bookscript.
Binding England, 18th c. Russia gilt sewn on 3 cords.
Provenance 1. Benedictine Abbey of St. Sylvester, Nonatola, Italy (ca. 900-1500); 2. Raffaello Maffei, called il Volterrano, humanist (d. 1522); 3. Mario Maffei of Volterra (d.1537), Bishop of Aquino and Cavaillon; 4. Dr. Antony Askew, London (1722-74); 5. Sotheby’s 7.3.1785:461; 6. John Jackson, F.S.A.; 7. Sotheby’s 30.4.1794:349; 8. Edward Hodsol; 9. Squibb, London 8.8.1826:126; 10. Lawford, bookseller, London (1826); 11. Sir Thomas Phillipps, MS 3075 (1826-1872); 12. Katharine, John, Thomas and Alan Fenwick, Cheltenham (1872-1924); 13. Sir Chester Beatty, London, MS 15, (1924-1933); 14. Sotheby’s 9.5.1933:39; 15. Quaritch, London; 16. Martini cat. 26(1936):17; 17. Dr. Martin Bodmer, Genève (1936-70); 18. H.P.Krauss, Monumenta Codicum Manuscriptorum cat. (1974):6 and cat. 165(1983):30, acquired March 1988; 19. De-accessioned Oct. 1998.
Commentary The oldest extant complete version of text 1. There are some scattered fragments only from early 9th c. in Bibliothèque Nationale de France (MS Baluze 270). Text 2 is also the earliest witness. The present MS is recorded in the Nonantola library catalogues from 10th c. until 1331.
Place of origin North Italy
Dates ca 900 AD

Location