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Epistolae, etc., 1450 - 1499

Identifier: Gordan MS 99


Table of contents: Francisci Aretini in phalaridis tyranni Agrigentini epistolas ad Illustrissimum principum malatestam nouellum; Epistolarum Bruti per dominum Ranuntium e greco in latinum traductarum ad sanctissimum dominum nostrum papam Nicolaum papam quintum prohemium; Ad sanctissimum et clementissimum patrem et dominum domini Pium secundum pontificem maximum in diogenis philosophi epistolas francisci Aretini prefacio; Unidentified treatise on the administration of justice from a traditional Christian point of view with references to other authors particularly Aristotle, Helmandus, and St. Bernard.


  • 1450 - 1499


1 Volumes



Custodial History

Written in Germany in the second half of the fifteenth century. Early provenance unknown. Obtained from William H. Allen (catalogue entry taped to recto of front flyleaf) in 1947 by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, extensive pencil notes on inside front cover).


  1. Pseudo-Phalaris

Other related names

  1. Allen, William H., former owner
  2. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  3. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor
  4. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, owner
  5. Gordan, John Dozier Jr., owner

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Left by Howard Lehman Goodhart to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

Physical Description

Articles 1-3 written by a single scribe in a humanistic cursive. Article 4 written by another (later?) scribe in a gothic cursive. Marginal notation throughout article one, in a different hand, has been partially trimmed away.

Paper support (watermark similar to Briquet Chien 3626 without the flower), ff. i (modern paper) + 82 + i (contemporary paper) + i (modern paper).

Green marbled paper boards. Goodhart number on paper label on spine: "Ms #99" and an unidentified serrated circular shelf label: "SIIF/ Phalaris/ Ms. xv/ 4o73855".

193 x 140 (143 x 85) mm.

28-33 unruled lines, with single horizontal and vertical bounding lines in ink (Derolez 13.13).

Humanistic cursive and gothic cursive script.

On f. 1r, 3v, and 42v the dedicatory preface and the first epistle in article one and the preface of article two begin with 3- or 4-line blue initials with a few cut-outs in the shape of small circles or crosses. The text in article 3 begins on f. 54v with a plain 3-line blue initial. Each letter begins with a red or blue initial, alternating. Titles and letter headings in red. Guide letters for rubricator are visible beside or under initials. Article four lacks ornamentation except that headings are written in bold-face.

Modern foliation

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