- Eutropius, Flavius, active 364-378; Brown, Frank R, active 1949Paul, the Deacon, 720?-799?
- Eutropius' history of Rome, written in the late 4th century, was expanded in the 8th century by Paul the Deacon (ca.720-799) who inserted extra material from Orosius and others and continued the history down to the 6th century. This is the version which occurs here. The ms opens on f.1: 'Incipit liber Eutropii de gestis Romanorum foeliciter, et de origine Imperii, Primus qui in Italia . . .', with Eutropius' text ending on f.100: 'liberalis fuit', marked in the margin: 'Explicit his Historia Eutropii, Pauli Diaconi ad Historiam Eutropii additus', running on without a break with the continuation: 'Anno ab urbe condita millesimo centesimo XVIII. . .', all ending on f.144: '. . . ad rei per iura reduxit, Eutropii liber foeliciter explicit, Deo Gratias, Amen'. Quantity: 1 volume(s). Physical Description: Vellum, 144 leaves, plus original flyleaves at each end, bound; 170 x 120mm. Single column, 20 lines, vertical lines ruled in plummet, horizontal lines ruled in pale-red ink, written space 108 x 67mm, written in dark-brown ink in a rather disjointed round humanistic hand; 1-line capitals throughout in pale red; approx. Seventy-three 2-line initials in bright red or blue. Finding Aids: Manion, M.M. Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in New Zealand collections, no. 150.. Provenance: Executed in Italy (probably Ferrara) in the second half of the 15th century. There are markings dated 1513 on f.144v and an erased 16th- or 17th-century presentation inscription in Italian on the flyleaf. Two library stamps are on f.1, a 'B' within a circle and an oval on the lower right-hand side: this is almost certainly that of Antonio Saverio Gentili whose library of manuscripts was inherited by the Principe del Drago and the Marchese Campana and was dispersed at Sotheby's 20 June 1860 (see Manion who notes that this ms is not identifiable in the 1860 sale). : It has the bookplate of Henry Ellis Allen; his sale at Sotheby's, 30 January 1920, lot 61, to Maggs. It was no.49 in Maggs catalogue 404 (1921); it was no.153 in Maggs catalogue 542 (1930); and it was no.246 in Maggs catalogue 687 (1940).
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- 1 volume(s), Illuminated manuscripts, Vellum, 144 leaves, plus original flyleaves at each end, bound; 170 x 120mm., Single column, 20 lines, vertical lines ruled in plummet, horizontal lines ruled in pale-red ink, written space 108 x 67mm, written in dark-brown ink in a rather disjointed round humanistic hand; 1-line capitals throughout in pale red; approx. Seventy-three 2-line initials in bright red or blue., Binding: Contemporary reversed leather (originally stained pink) over wooden boards, sewn on 3 red double thongs, blind tooled with triple lines in a panel with a central saltire, 5 small radiating metal bosses on each cover, clasps renewed (probably modern), original metal catches on lower cover in lozenge shape stamped 'ave' in gothic script; crudely rebacked; in a red gilt case., Decoration: One large initial 'P' in burnished gold whose descender extends the length of the text-space, introduces the work of Eutropis on f.1. It is decorated with white-vine with red and green infills on a dark blue ground patterned with white dots. The vine motif is of a sturdy, 3-dimensional curving character and the contours of the blue ground follow its undulations. (see Manion for further information).
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