Watermarks: similar to Briquet Fruit 7372-76, Briquet Cheval 3564, and Briquet Fruit 7341. Script: Written by a single scribe in a neat notarial hand, through f. 67v. Notes added by various hands of 14th-15th centuries. Drawings of ships, towers and merchants in ink, with added yellow, brown, green, red and blue; many diagrams. Crude 2- and 1-line initials in red, with guide-letters for rubricator showing beneath; headings in red. Repair of f. 1 with later paper; some loss of text. Repairs at outer edges on this and other folios do not affect text. Binding: 18th-19th centuries. Rigid vellum case with paste paper back endleaf and pastedowns. Central fold of each bifolium has been reinforced with a strip of parchment. Belonged to Giuseppe (Joseph) Martini of Lugano; purchased from his estate by H. P. Kraus, ca. 1948. Sold in 1957 by Kraus to Thomas E. Marston, who presented it to the Beinecke Library in 1967.
Manuscript on paper. Includes notes on arithmetic and accounting for merchandise; a romance of Tristan; list of spices; astronomical and astrological information; charms and prayers; recipes; extracts in Venetian; and poems.
Accounting Arithmetic--Early works to 1800 Astrology--Early works to 1800 Astronomy, Medieval Formulas, recipes, etc.--Early works to 1800 Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval Italian literature--To 1400 Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library Merchants Prayers--Early works to 1800 Tristan (Legendary character)
Venice (Italy)--Economic conditions--To 1797
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Teaching resource: Barbara A. Shailor, Medieval Studies
Beinecke MS 327
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
Shailor, B. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 327. Merchant's Commonplace Book. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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Complete work digitized.
Number of Pages: 148
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