Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Codex 331 Miracoli e leggende
TitleMiracoli e leggende
Other related names
- Suchier, Hermann, 1848-1914, former owner
- Martini, Giuseppe, 1870-1914, former owner
Call numberMs. Codex 331
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 1580930
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageItalian, in the Tuscan dialect
- between 1425 and 1450
Collection of miracle stories and lives of the saints told in the style of contemporary novels, with the intention of making the average reader realize the punishment for sinful actions and the reward for virtuous life. Includes paraphrases of miraculous stories and legends of the Virgin and of the saints. Many of the latter category are based on early Christian literature, such as the Lives of the Fathers, which in many cases are cited as the source. Appears to be incomplete, with one or more folios missing at the end.
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
- Titles of individual items from headings, and from Zacour-Hirsch.
- Paper stained and fragile. Some smudges. Edges of leaves frayed and worn; a few tears. Evidence of later repairs to the edges of some leaves. A few wormholes. Binding solid; cover shows only slight wear.
- The individual stories appear to be unpublished, except for the story of the childless queen.
- On file in the Library: three leaves of notes in the hand of G. Martini; bookseller's description on the stationery of H. P. Kraus (used in part for the item description in the present record).
Extent61 leaves : 281 x 195 (203 x 155) mm. bound to 290 x 200 mm
Foliation1-61; modern pencil arabic numerals, upper right recto. Also includes two modern paper endleaves, one front and one back. There is also an older foliation, ff. 12-72; arabic numerals, upper center of each recto. This appears to be contemporary or slightly later, and indicates that these folios were once part of a larger volume.
Red and blue initials. First initial (f. 1r) has red pen-drawn filigree ornamentation. Red used for headings.
- Formerly owned by Hermann Suchier (in Halle; bookplate, inside front cover), and Giuseppe Martini.
- Purchased by H. P. Kraus from the Martini collection, ca. 1948.
- Appears in Kraus's list 189 (1956), no. 127.
- Sold by Kraus, 1960[?].
- Catholic Church--Doctrines
- Christian hagiography
- Christian saints in literature
- Devotional literature, Italian
- Hagiography in literature
- Italian literature--To 1400
- Italian literature--15th century
- Manuscripts, Italian--15th century
- Manuscripts, Renaissance
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Decoration: Bookplate, Inside front cover
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Decoration: Decorated initial, Initial U, f. 1r