De vita et moribus philosophorum

Bruni, Leonardo, 1369-1444
Burlaeus, Gualterus, 1275-1345?
Vegio, Maffeo, 1406 or 7-1458
[ca. 1450 or between 1450 and 1475]
Physical Description:
ff. ii + i + 176 + ii : paper ; 216 x 150 (120 x 70) mm.
Watermarks: unidentified crown over five-pointed star in upper margin, trimmed.
Script: Written by a single scribe in humanistic cursive script with gothic features, above top line.
The decoration consists of an elaborately illuminated page (f. 1r) in a style influenced by the "Master of the Vitae Imperatorum" who was active in Milan in the second quarter of the 15th century. Included in the full border of curling inkspray with heart-shaped and trefoil leaves in green, flowers in blue, red, pink and mauve, a strawberry, and gold balls is a standing figure of a naked boy holding a scroll inscribed with the motto "Seul e la fin." At the corners four quatrefoil medallions bordered in gold with portraits of philosophers against blue grounds with gold filigree. In lower border unidentified arms (quarterly, 1 and 4 or a millrind gules, 2 and 3 or a lion azure; with a bishop's mitre and crozier); in upper border a scroll with same motto as above. One historiated initial, f. 1r, 7-line, formed of acanthus leaves, mauve and red on gold ground, containing a portrait of the author against blue ground with gold filigree. One illuminated initial, 6-line, in mauve on gold ground with stylized foliage in green and blue with yellow highlights. In the text blank spaces for headings and initials.
Binding: Nineteenth century, England. Straight-grained brown leather, gold tooled. Edges gilt. Bound by F. & T. Aitken. Title on spine: "Diogenis Laertii Philosophorum Vita et Dicta. Codex MS. Saec. XV".
Purchased from L. C. Witten in 1955 by Thomas E. Marston.
Manuscript on paper (highly polished) of 1) Walter Burley, De vita et moribus philosophorum. 2) Mapheius Vegius, Declamatio seu disputatio inter solem, terram et aurum. 3) Selected speeches from Homer, Iliad IX (Oratio Ulixis, Responsio Achillis, Oratio Phoenicis) translated into Latin and with a preface by Leonardo Bruni.
Biography--Middle Ages, 500-1500
Dialogues, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Epic poetry, Greek
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Literature, Medieval--Translations
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
Philosophy, Ancient
Decorated initials
Inhabited initials
Mixed Material
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
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Call Number:
Marston MS 91
Orbis Record:
Orbis Barcode:
Yale Collection:
Beinecke Library
Digital Collection:
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
oid pointer:
Shailor, B. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Marston MS 91.
Walter Burley, De Vita et Moribus Philosophorum. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Extent of digitization:
Complete work digitized.

Number of Pages: 370
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