Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 424 (V.4.8)
Images: [ MS Hunter 424 fol. 323r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1347 and 1348
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Plvtarchi, Vitae Parallelae. Graece.
Incerti Avctoris, Epigramma. Graece.
Agathiae Myrinaei, Epigramma in Plvtarchi Statvam. Graece. Cum translatione Victoris Falconii.
On 1, 1 recto in a late XV. Cent. hand is a table of contents with references to folios, in which the alternate titles (of the Greek characters) are rubricated, as follows:- [Greek characters] [rubric] [Greek characters] [rubric] | [Greek characters] 15. [Greek characters] [rubric] 37. | [Greek characters] 52. | [Greek characters] [rubric] 64. | [Greek characters] 77. | [Greek characters] [rubric] 98 | [Greek characters] 110 | [Greek characters] [rubric] 129 . | [Greek characters] 141 . | [Greek characters] [rubric] 170 . | [Greek characters] 191 . | [Greek characters] [rubric] 207. | [Greek characters] 224 . | [Greek characters] 245 . | [Greek characters] [rubric] 263 . | [Greek characters] [rubric] 285. | [Greek characters] 306 . | [Greek characters]: [these two lines rubric] | [Greek characters] | V F [monogram of Victor Falconius, obliterated]. On the same page: Ex libris | Caesaris De Missy | Berolinensis:- | Londini:- | Anno Domini 1748. For De Missy, see Remarks in V.3.3.
The same hand that wrote the [Greek characters], etc., has supplied the missing original text of 1, 8.
The rubricator has signed quire 40 thus: + [Greek characters] +
On 40, 7 recto under the colophon in a XVI. Cent. hand: Antonij Seripandi ex Jani Parrhasij | testamento. Aulus Janus Parrhasius [Parisius] (1470-1534) was a Greek grammarian, who bequeathed his library to Antonio Seripando, brother of Cardinal Girolamo Seripando (1493-1563). Under this in pencil (in an XVIII. Cent. hand, (?) by De Missy): Mense Sept. Indict. 2. Anno Mundi Aeræ Constantinopolitanae 6857, i.e. Aeræ Christinæ 1348.
[Greek character] = 6000, [Greek character] = 800, [Greek character] = 7, = 6857 of the Creation, according to the Constantinopolitan era. 6857-5509 = 1348 A.D. Under this in red ink [unkeyable character] 1509: Die 10 Nouembris habui librum ego+, V.[ictor] F.[alconius]. These letters are over written A.I.P. the initials of Aulus Janus Parrhasius. Then follow two lines of Greek (by V. Falconius): [Greek characters]. This Victor Falconius was probably one of the Venetian family of that name who belonged to Cephalonia. See Daru, Hist. de la République de Venise xix, [Section symbol] 11.
On 40, 7 verso are seven rubricated lines of Greek verse (in a XIV.-XV. Cent. hand) with a title, in black, added by Falconius: Exastichum est hoc epigramma: exametro pentametroque constans: | et pulcherrimam profecto de hominum uita pensitationem continens: + | [Greek characters], etc. This is followed by another Greek epigram (in a late XV. Cent. hand): [Greek characters], etc. After six of these lines is a note (rubricated) in Victor Falconius' hand: Iste liber est Victoris falchonij: [obliterated] Nec mutuo ulli amicorum dandus, nisi fidei probate | nec precio quamuis magno alicui vendendus + + + + | Victoris Falchonii metaphrasis In plutarchi statuam:- | Hanc statuam posuere tibi plutarche cheroneu | Tam celebrem nati nobilis ausonie | Grecorum quoniam confers monumenta latinis, | Grecaque romanis inclyta gesta uiris. | Ipse tuam si forte uelis conscribere uitam, | Et similem queras, par tibi nullus erit: + | Anno etatis uigesimo . 1510 . mense Junij [therefore] | Turpe est [dedecus written above these which are underlined] in bello militis arma peti: [This rubricated line occurs between the second and third lines of the "metaphrasis" where it is erased.]
Agathias (latter half of the sixth Century), the Greek historian and poet, was a native of Myrina in Aeolis.
[Formerly Q.3.6; Q.3.39].
V.4.8. [Greek characters] vol. 1 (ed. K. Ziegler, Leipzig, 1969). Sept. 1348. Paper. 323 ff. 262 x 190. 1 col. 27-31 ll. i-ii8, iii-iv10, v-xxxix8, xl8(-8). FO: Victor Falconius, 1509; Giovan Paolo Parisio; Antonio Seripandi; César de Missy, 1748. (Ian C. Cunningham: Greek Manuscripts in Scotland. Edinburgh, NLS, 1982.)
Rebound by Cockerell, 1971
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 10½ x 7 3/4, ff. 323, originally ff. 324, well written in single cols. of 27-31 lines, each about 7 3/4 x 5¼, no lines or margins marked, no catchwords, signatures, contemporary (traces only) and XV.-XVI. Cent., foliation (XV. Cent.), rubricated headpiece (first page of text), rubrics and rubricated initials, marginalia, paper partly burnished, much cropped, except for damp stains and worm holes at the beginning and end, clean and well preserved, fol. sec. + [Greek characters]. Cent. XIV. (Sept., 1348.)
Binding: Millboards, covered spattered calf, gilt-tooled edges, sides (double lines), and panelled back, marbled edges, green silk ribbon marker, title (gilt) on crimson morocco shield: PLUTARCHI | VITAE | MANUSCRIPTAE. Early Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 349.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Greek
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: Ian C. Cunningham, Greek Manuscripts in Scotland: summary catalogue, with addendum (Edinburgh, 1982), no. 56; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 348-350.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Agathias of Myrina fl.c.575
Poet and historian.
author: Plutarch
London
provenance: César de Missy 1703-1775
Theologian. Chaplain to George III and scholar of the New Testament.
signatory: Aulus Janus Parrhasius
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