Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Codex 320 Le epistole
- Pseudo-Phalaris Pseudo-Phalaris
- Griffolini, Francesco, 1418-1483 Griffolini, Francesco, 1418-1483
Other related names
- Malatesta, Novello, dedicatee
Call numberMs. Codex 320
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 1580921
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
The letters attributed to Phalaris, translated from Greek into Latin by the humanist Francesco Aretino (also known as Francesco Griffolini), and from Latin into Italian by an unnamed translator (perhaps Giovanni Andrea Ferabos, or Bartholomeo Phontio [or Fontio]?). Includes a dedication of Francesco Aretino to Novello Malatesta.
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch). Title derived from text of dedication (f. 1r): L'epistole.
- Spine label: Phalari M.S.
- In the dedication (f. 1r), Francesco Aretino states that he translated the letters from Greek into Latin. Zacour-Hirsch mistakenly says that Aretino translated them from Greek into Italian.
- The translator who produced this Italian version is not named in the manuscript. Zacour-Hirsch suggests Giovanni Andrea Ferabos or Bartholomeo Phontio [or Fontio]; cf. the early printed Italian translations--1471, 1488, etc.--listed by S. F. G. Hoffmann, Lexicon bibliographicum, III, 214-215.
- Cover worn slightly at the edges. Various smudges and stains.
- A complete photocopy is shelved with the manuscript.
- The British classical scholar Richard Bentley (1662-1742) demonstrated conclusively that these letters cannot have been written by Phalaris but are much later in date.
Extent67 leaves : 181 x 131 (129 x 83) mm. bound to 197 x 131 mm
CollationParchment, ii (paper) + 67 + i (paper); 1¹⁰(-1), 2-6¹⁰, 7⁸; [1-67]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. One leaf appears to be missing at the beginning of the first quire; might have been blank or contained a dedication, etc.
BindingVellum, with a gilded design on the spine; probably a bit later than the manuscript.
- From the Macauley Collection.
- Accessioned (or given new accession number), 1959.
- Classical literature.--Early works to 1800
- Greek literature.--Early works to 1800
- Manuscripts, Italian--15th century
- Manuscripts, Renaissance
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