MS. Lat. class. d. 38
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
The translation by Theodore Gaza as pr.in the edition of E. Silber, Rome, 1487, preceded by a dedicatory letter to Antonio Panormita, 'praeceptor' to king Alfonso I of Naples, as pr. T. de Marinis La Biblioteca Napoletana dei re d'Aragona, Milan, 1952, vol.II p.3. On fol.69v '70 osas blancas 9 y las demas scriptas.'
20 long lines, below top line
Expert humanistic script
Illuminated initial and border decorated with putti, birds and rabbits (fol.1), two other large illuminated initials (fols. 6v and 8v) and smaller ones at the beginning of each chapter
fol. 1r: full border, interlaced stems with folliage and flowers, putti, birds and rabbits. At the bottom of the page three winged putti support a wreath with arms of Alfonso V of Aragon, I of Naples.
Plain parchment cased-binding; the spine inscribed 'Ælian | de | instr. | acieb. | XV | *"; in a fitted box.
Provenance and Acquisition
Arms of King Alfonso V of Aragon, I of Naples (fol. 1: gules three pallets, or surmounted by a crown), inventory 'D' of the Naples library, no. L. 560
W. M. Voynich, London bookdealer, acquired in Rome from the Society of Jesus.
T. de Marinis, Catalogue XII (Florence 1913), no. 2, with pl.; apparently acquired from Voynich.
Sold by Mensing et Fils, 'Collection d'un amateur Suisse', Amsterdam, 22 Nov. 1929, lot 27; and 'Collections Arnold Mettler St. Gall', Amsterdam, 5 April 1935, lot 22.
Cf. T. de Marinis, La biblioteca Napoletana dei re d'Aragona, Milan 1952, II, 3 (wrongly giving Henry Stuart, Cardinal of York (d. 1807) as a previous owner).
Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)
Last Substantive Revision
2019-08-27: Provenance revised ex inf. Rene Zandbergen (pers. comm.)