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Noctes atticae (abridged), 1450 - 1499

Identifier: Gordan MS 107


Auli gelii noctium atticarum primi comentarii extracta quodam sequuntur Curus initium est. Primo de Ingenio~pithagore sollertia exempla ponit

Inc: Plutarchus in libro quem scripit: Quantii inter homines fuit animi corporisque ingenio atque virtutibus inter sit. conscripsit scite subtiliterque ratiocinatum.

Expl.: Tum contio universa que ad sentenciam de scipione ferenda conuenerat relicto Tribuno Scipionem in capitolio comitata atque inde ad edes eius cum letitia et gratulatione solemni prosecuta est. Fertur etiam oratio que uidetur habita illo die a Scipione. Two leaves have been removed. On f. 29v the text breaks off in 5.4 and resumes in 5.6 on f. 30; then on f. 38v the text breaks off in 6.11 and resumes in 6.14 at the beginning of f. 39r.


  • Creation: 1450 - 1499


1 Volumes



Custodial History

Written in Italy in the second half of the fifteenth century. Obtained in 1950 from Maggs (catalogue entry accompanies text) by Howard L. Gordan (bookplate).


  1. Gellius, Aulus

Other related names

  1. Maggs Bros, Ltd., bookseller
  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

Given by Howard Lehman Goodhart to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

Physical Description

Paper support (watermarks: Similar to Briquet Fleur 6600 with a line through the center of the flower), ff. i (modern paper) + 94 + xiii (modern paper).

Nineteenth century Bound in half-calf over brown-marbled boards. On spine in gold: "AULUS/ GELLIUS./ NOCTES/ ATTICAE/ MS./ ITALY/ c. 1450". Goodhart number on paper label "Ms. # 107" taped to spine.

226 x 155 (136 x 99) mm.

Written in 26 lines ruled in ink with single vertical bounding lines full length in lead.

Fere-humanistic script, written by a single scribe in brown ink.

On f. 1r, Book 1.1. begins with a simple 3-line red initial and 1.2 with a 2-line blue initial. Spaces, sometimes several lines long, usually have been left blank for the addition of Greek text, but Greek has been added (incorrectly) on f. 6r.

Modern foliation.

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