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Ms. Codex 340 Passion of Christ and apocryphal stories, including translations from the Nicodemus Gospel
TitlePassion of Christ and apocryphal stories, including translations from the Nicodemus Gospel
Other related names
- Martini, Giuseppe, 1870-1944, former owner
Call numberMs. Codex 340
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 1580971
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
- between 1450 and 1499
Anonymous Italian version of the Passion story told according to the Gospels. In the later portion there are many miraculous stories based on apocryphal literature, such as the Gospels of Peter and Nicodemus. End appears to be missing. This is a devotional work evidently intended for lay people. The story of the resuscitation of the two young men, for which the source is the Nicodemus Gospel, is of particular interest because it shows what could happen when an apocryphal legend was transformed into a popular novel. In the early Christian Latin text, the two men who report what they saw in the Inferno have appropriate Roman names, Carinus and Lucius. Here they are Rainero and Lenzo. The spurious letter of Pilate to the Emperor Claudius, in which he apologizes for his role in the crucifixion, is fairly exactly translated from the Nicodemus Gospel.
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
- Incipit (f. 1r): Aprosimando la festa de la pasqua ...
- Blank folio at beginning and several folios at end appear to be missing. This manuscript was once part of a larger volume.
- Some leaves soft and fragile; edges worn and fraying. Leaves stained. Various smudges. Some red and blue initials wearing through the paper.
- Bookseller's description (H. P. Kraus) on file in the Library.
- This text is apparently unpublished.
Extent69 leaves : 290 x 210 (180 x 110) mm. bound to 297 x 207 mm
FoliationPaper, i (modern paper) + 69 + i (modern paper); 48-116; contemporary foliation in ink, bottom center recto; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
BindingModern half vellum.
- Sold from the collection of Giuseppe Martini to H. P. Kraus, ca. 1948.
- Appears in H. P. Kraus's list 189 (1956), no. 208.
- Sold by H. P. Kraus, 1960.
- Catholic Church--Discipline
- Christian literature, Early
- Devotional literature, Italian--Early works to 1800
- Italian literature--Early works to 1800
- Spirituality--Catholic Church
- Manuscripts, Italian--15th century
- Manuscripts, Medieval
- Manuscripts, Renaissance
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