St John's College MS. 12
Francesco Patrizi of Siena, De regno ac regis institutione
For Patrizi (1413–92), bishop of Gaeta and translator of Greek Aristotle commentaries, see the most recent study, Anna Laura Puliafito, ‘Il “Liber de principiis” di Francesco Patrizi’, Rinascimento 2 ser. 27 (1987) 141–75. Ed. Paris, 1567. Preceded by a table of contents for the nine books in chapter order (fols. 1–10) and a poem ‘Ad lectorem Qui precepta Legis Regum Ducumque Libellis […] ’ (fol. 10v, on a part sheet pasted to the leaf).
In long lines, 37 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded and ruled in red ink.
Written in French cursiva; a more formal variety, including some humanistica, is used for headings and decorative opening lines. Punctuation by infrequent medial point only.
All headings and the regular running titles identifying the constituent books are in text ink.
At the head of the text proper (fol. 11), a 7-line silver-blue capital on a red-dotted gold ground with flowers and a half border, mostly gold and blue with leafy sprays and flowers; a similar initial appears at the head of book 1 proper (fol. 14).
At the foot of the first page is a blazon in a green leafy wreath with golden leaves at the quarter points (see Provenance below).
Book divisions have 5-line painted capitals with highlights (within books at chapter heads 4-line), either silvery blue or blue on brownish-red with gold tracery or gold on the blue with white tracery. Some are not entirely finished.
See AT no. 793 (78).
Brown leather over millboards, with a plain gold-stamped rectangle with fleurs-de-lis in the corners; in the centre a plaque amid leaves and vine, with the inscription ‘P. de Regno’ (‘? Chichester’, says the library’s notes to Coxe). Sewn on six thongs. Gold ‘12’ at head of spine, ‘Patricius de Regno M. S. 12’ in black ink on the leading edges. Pastedowns and flyleaves are paper of the same stock and ruled as for the text leaves; inside the front cover a College bookplate. At the front, six paper flyleaves, a quire; at the rear, four more, also a quire (vii–x).
Provenance and Acquisition
A blazon, azure bordered or, three rampant stags or (fol. 11).
‘Liber Collegii Sancti Iohannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Henrici Price sacrae Theologiae Bacchalaurej ejusdem Collegii Socij’ (fol. 2, s. xvii).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-08: First online publication