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Walters Ms. W.372, Grammatical Writings by Donatus, Diomedes, Phocas, Priscianus, Caper, Agraetius, Asper Maior, Laurentius Valla
Grammatical Writings by Donatus, Diomedes, Phocas, Priscianus, Caper, Agraetius, Asper Maior, Laurentius Valla
This collection of grammatical treatises was compiled by a student in the late fifteenth century. It contains works by Donatus, Diomedes, Phocas, Priscianus, Caper, Agraetius, Asper Maior, and Laurentius Valla. A later note on front flyleaf vi states that parts were copied from Jenson’s 1476 edition of Diomedes (the Walters owns a copy, shelf mark 91.450). On fol. 18r, an unusual brass initial letter was affixed to the page (it was reattached in June, 2016). Please note: cataloging is still in process for this manuscript.
Late 15th century CE
Literary -- Prose
The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.
Written on fifteenth-century laid paper
The first and last four flyleaves are modern additions; front flyleaves 5 and 6 are earlier laid paper, although they do not appear to be as early as the rest of the manuscript
Catchwords: Written vertically near gutter on lower corner of versos on last pages of quires
Signatures: Written in Roman numerals horizontally on lower corner of versos, just under catchwords, on last pages of quires
14.3 cm wide by 21.5 cm high
8.5 cm wide by 15.0 cm high
- Columns: 1
- Ruled lines: 24
- Stylus ruled
- Title: Grammatical treatises
- Incipit: Omnis aspirationis nota
- Contents: Grammatical writings by Donatus, Diomedes, Phocas, Priscianus, Caper, Agraetius, Asper Maior, and Laurentius Valla
- Decoration note: Not illuminated; only decoration is brass initial letter affixed to page on fol. 18r (reattached June 2016), and fol. 1r may have trace of similar initial, now lost; text in brown-black ink
The binding is not original.
Modern leather binding by Walters conservation department; replaced eighteenth-century Italian half-Russia leather binding
Created by a student in Venice, Italy, late fifteenth century
Leo S. Olschki, book dealer, Florence, Italy, before 1912
Henry Walters, Baltimore, obtained from Olschki, check list no. 12 (1912), inventory no. 8643
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest
De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, no. 483; p. 841.
Baltimore Museum of Art. The Greek Tradition in Painting and the Minor Arts: an exhibition sponsored jointly by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery from May 15 through June 25, 1939. Baltimore Museum of Art. 1939, p. 82, cat. no. 111.
Principal cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934
Editor: Herbert, Lynley
Copy editor: Dibble, Charles
Conservators: Polidori, Elisabetta; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Emery, Doug; Herbold, Rebekah; Tabritha, Ariel; Wiegand, Kimber
The Walters Art Museum
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