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Ref No IE TCD MS 10549
Title De Orthographia
Creation Dates c1400
Extent And Medium Parchment (prepared in the South European manner); ii (front modern parchment flyleaves) + 14 leaves
Level Of Description Collection
Author Giovanni, da Bologna, -1314
Scope And Content Folios 1r-14v. Iohannes De Bononia, De Orthographia (also in Vat. lat. 1496; P.O. Kristeller, 'Iter Italicum' 2, 1967, 245 and vol. 4, 1989, 399, 587, 593): (1r) Dogmata quisquis auet graphandi mente prehendat / Hoc iubar expromens quicquid tenet orthographia (this distich also in Vat. lat. 1496). (1rv) Reuerendo in Christo patri domino Iohanni dei gracia tituli sanctorum marcelli et petri presbitero cardinali iohannes de Bononia clericus… Ad perfectum et imperfectum literandi ministerii diu mentis apponens intuitum orthographie - collectionis et ordinationis michi siqua est gloria tribuatur. (1v-14v) Tractaturus de orthographie scientia ne sic illotis manibus ut ita dixerim ad ipsius tractatum deueniam - De mutatione n in diuersas literas… sperno spreui sino siui et sii et lino leui [sic] et que componuntur ab eis. Some ink is rubbed off from 1r.

The copy of the text in TCD MS 10549 is incomplete as is evident by comparison with the text in Vat. lat. 1496. The conclusion in the Trinity College Dublin text (sperno spreui… componuntur ab eis) corresponds to what appears in the Vatican manuscript on 72v (sperno spreui… leui et que componuntur ab ipsis). The entire Vatican text of the work ends on 110r (in the section entitled: De y et Ç [= Z]): grecorum gratia lat nis litteris ascita fuisse. Ideo cum grecum ignorem cum christi laude terminabitur hoc opusculum sine ipsis deo gracias amen (followed by an explicit and a subscription). There is still other evidence of incompleteness in the Trinity College Dublin MS: thus there is a gap between 6v (‘aurum’ with catchword ‘reconditum’) and 7r (‘scorpionis interdum’). In Vat. lat. 1496 the ‘aurum reconditum’ appears on 26r (in the section headed: C in S), and the ‘scorpionis interdum’ stands on 31v. The treatise discusses individual letters, consonantal changes like b to f, aspirates, syllabification, and the etymologies and meanings of words (words treated in the text are noticed in the margin). Many of the words dealt with are Greek or Hebrew in origin. The text cites Isidore, Huguitio, Papias, Priscian, the Catholicon, (Willelmus) Brito, Rabanus, Rhases, Orosius, Ovid, Vergil, Horace, Valerius Maximus, Ambrose, and (11r) Legenda Beati Siluestri. On 2v the text praises two medieval authors: summus orator petrus de uineis et nunc est egregius uir dominus bartholomeus de capua.
Phyiscal Description Dimensions: 280 x 206mm. Text area: 200 x 146mm.

Layout: 2 columns, 12mm between columns, c35 lines. Single vertical bounding lines in brown, and top horizontal bounding lines in brown.

Script: Single hand using a rounded gothic script (brown ink). Introductory distich and headings in red.

Corrections and Additions: On 1r: (a) ‘Iosephus Valerii seb[…] posse or[…] li[…]’ (late 17th century), (b) ‘Tractatus Ortographigus [sic]’ (possibly by the hand of (a)). On 3r: alphabet by a rather recent modern hand, which was probably also responsible for scribbles on a front flyleaf.

2nd fo.: dilectionem nulla.
Custodial History The Library of Trinity College Dublin acquired TCD MS 10549 from Sotheby’s sale of 17 December 1991: see the Sotheby’s catalogue, p. 75, lot 55.
Collation Analysis i(6) ii-iii(4). Catchword (6v), horizontal in lower right margin, appears in cartouche roughly drawn by pen.
Decoration Initial (5-line) on 1r in pink and white, with foliage in colours, on blue ground enhanced by white tracery. Other initials (2-line or 3-line) in red, sometimes with blue flourishes; some capitals marked with red; red paragraph signs. Key words in margins.
Binding Note Medieval binding of dark red leather over wooden boards, covers stamped with rules, some forming central panel which exhibits rope-work and repeated leaves; corners of the covers stamped with tiny rosettes and small inner and outer
circles; remains of two clasps; the brass fittings on the back cover are lozenge-shaped, and each lozenge contains the letter S but in different styles, the upper S being gothic, the lower S being roman. The pastedowns are rough paper discards: the back pastedown is crudely divided into squares, and rough pen-strokes were inserted into many of the squares, perhaps a game, one diagonal set of squares being further marked with black rubbing/[thumb-prints?].
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