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New York, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection,  NYPL Spencer 028
Description: ff. i + 80 + i - 18th century Italian vellum. - Naples, Duke of Cassano Serra (ca.1800); sold to Thorpe (1828); Sir Thomas Phillipps, his ms 6972; Sir Alfred Chester Beatty collection, his sale 1933; acquired by Quaritch for Spencer, 1933. - De Ricci, 1341. J.J.G. Alexander, ed., The Painted Page (London and New York, 1994), 120-1. G. Mariani Canova, ed., La miniatura a Padova dal medioevo al settecento(Modena 1999) 283-4. - Jonathan J. G. Alexander, James H. Marrow and Lucy Freeman Sandler, The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the New York Public Library(London / Turnhout: The New York Public Library / Harvey Miller Publishers, 2005) n.76.
Acknowledgments: - We thank Prof. Giordana Mariani Canova for her extensive work towards the present description of this manuscript.
Number of Parts: 1 - Number of Images Available: 37
Direct Link: http://ds.lib.berkeley.edu/NYPLSpencer028_42
Language: Latin Country: Italy Century: 15th

Part 1: ff. 1-80v
Description: - Parchment - 235 x 152 mm - 26 long lines per page, ruled in drypoint. Catchwords visible. Collation: eight quinternions.
Country: ItalyCardinal point:
Region: VenetoCity: Padua
Assigned Date: s. XV4/4Searchable Date Range: 1475 - 1499
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes: ;1
Scribe(s): Francesco Buzzacarini
Script: Bastarda all'antica; rustic capitals
Artist(s): Giovanni VendraminDouce Master
Figurative Decoration: 38 miniatures of constellations
Other Decoration: 7-line green initial on elaborate blue/red field on f. 1. Throughout, 1-line blue initials.
Notes: The ms is dated to ca. 1475-80; scribal attribution to F. Buzzacarini by Dr. A. C. de la Mare. Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: ff. 1-76v
Author: Hyginus
Title: De astronomia
Title: Hygini De Sideribus Tractatus Incipit. Hyginus M. Fabio plurimam salutem dicit.
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Etsi te studio grammaticae artis inductus non solum versuum moderatione quam pauci pervidere
Explicit: quae videri post signorum effusionem urnae aquarii quia ad ipsum usque decurrit accipies.
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f. 1   Opening of text, with opening letter as a "littera mantiniana" or faceted initial

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f. 30v   Page of text with 1-line initial, rubric, and catchword.

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f. 41   Miniature of Arctophylax represented as an Antique hero, nude and armed; this and 4 other constellations (the first 5 in the book) presented against a blue sky ground, delimited on three sides by a red tasselled rope.

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f. 41v   Miniature of Corona or the Crown, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 42   Miniature of Engonasin or Hercules, in flight, nude and holding club and lion's skin, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 42v   Miniature of Lyra, or the Lyre, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 43   Miniature of Holor, or the Swan, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 43v   Miniature of Cepheus, attributable to the Douce Master.

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f. 44   Miniature of Cassiopeia, attributable to the Douce Master.

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f. 44v   Miniature of Andromeda, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 45v   Miniature of Perseus, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 46   Miniature of Heniochus or Auriga, the charioteer, attributable to the Douce Master.

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f. 47   Miniature of Ophiucus, or the Serpent Holder and Sagitta, or the Arrow, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 47v   Miniature of Aquila, or the Eagle, with text and 1-line blue initials.

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f. 48   Miniature of the Dolphin, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 48v   Miniature of Equus, or the Winged Horse, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 49   Miniature of Deltoton and Aries, or the Triangle and the Sheep, with text and 1-line blue initials.

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f. 49v   Miniature of Taurus, or the Bull, with text.

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f. 50   Miniature of Gemini, or the Twins, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 50v   Miniature of Cancer, with text, catchword and 1-line blue initials.

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f. 51   Miniature of Leo, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 51v   Miniature of Virgo, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 52   Miniature of Scorpio, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 52v   Miniature of Sagittarius, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 53   Miniature of Capricorn, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 53v   Miniature of Aquarius, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 54   Miniature of Pisces, with text.

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f. 54v   Miniature of Pistrix, with text and 1-line blue initials.

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f. 55   Miniature of Heridanus, and of Lepus, or the Rabbit, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 55v   Miniature of Orion, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 56   Miniature of Canis, or a hound, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 56v   Miniature of Prochion, with text and 1-line blue initials.

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f. 57   Miniature of Argo, or a ship, with text and 1-line blue initial.

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f. 57v   Miniature of the Centaur, with text .

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f. 58   Miniature of Ara, or the altar, with text and 1-line blue initials.

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f. 58v   Miniature of Hydra with Crater and Corvus, with text.

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f. 59   Miniature of Piscis nothus, or a fish, with text and 1-line blue initials.

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