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Domenico di Bandino, Fons memorabilium uniuersi (book 5, De uiris claris)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Dominicus de Bandino Aretinus de Viris Claris
Codicology:Paper and Vellum, 408 x 287 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), (16 x 11.5 in.), ff. 236 + 2, double columns of 57 lines. Cent. xv, in a clear ugly rather sloping hand. Initials in plain red and blue.
Collation: 1 vellum flyleaf, 112 (wants 1, 2) 212-1912 2010, 1 vellum flyleaf
Additions:On the first flyleaf (f. iv)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (xv):
“de partibus humani corporis
de etatibus hominum.”
Additions:On the last (f. iir)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College):
“Sensus miratur que racio dicere nescit
J. ℞. 1462. Quomodo Virgo parit et homo factus deus extat
Desere quod sentis verum mirabile credas
Namque fides prestat fidei tua racio cedit
Vel. Desere persuasum credens mirabile verum
Namque fides prestat fidei quoque racio cedit.”
“Witt hath wunder that reson ne tell can
hogh maiden is moder and god is i made man
Leve thi reson and beleve the wunder
for bileve is above and reson is vnder.”
Additions:In red at bottom of 236v:
“con(?)taui istos xx fafuos sabbato Jnuoca me 4or temporum.”
Additions:The headline throughout is De viris claris.
Research:The work is a portion of the Fons Memorabilium Universi of Domenico di Bandino d' Arezzo (d. circa 1413): a huge compilation in five parts, of which this is the fifth: never printed. See Tiraboschi VI 713 (763)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College).
Additions:(ff. aar-aav)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) In the book is a rough draft of a letter to a Dominus Johannes, dated “ex granata ciuitate florentissima ydibus sextilibus” by “tuus Ihouanes pagol.” The writer of it has heard that he has been reported dead, and begs that the rumour may be contradicted.
Additions:The last article is on Lupus episcopus.
Research:An article which suffices to identify the work is that on Bandinus of Arezzo, the author's father. A long account of the work is given by L. Mehus, Ambrosii Camaldulensis Epp. etc., I cxxx sqq. Other characteristic articles are on:
Acursius, Azo marchio Estensis, Barlaham Calaber, Blanchi, Boccacius Joh., Bonifacius Octauus, Bonifacius (Fazio degli Uberti), Brunettus Latinus, Caham, Castrucius, Cimabue, Collucius Pyerius, Dantes (who, with Boccaccio and Petrarch, is frequently quoted), Dinus de Garbo, Dominicus (the author: qui longis lugubratiunculis plurium annorum curriculo laborauit limpidum facere fontem haustu reficientem sapido sicientes), Farinata, Franc. Petrarcha, Gebellinus, Giottus, Gonella petri, Guido Cavalcanti, Guido Guerra, Guido de Monte feltro, Ioh. Boccatius.”
The authorities quoted include Moyses Anglicus (metrical Hist. Troiana), Lactantius on the Thebais of Statius, Marco Polo, Plutarch, Tacitus, Caesar, Livy, Eutropius, Florus, Val. Max., Frontinus, Statius, Virgil, Ovid, (Burley) de vita et moribus philosophorum, Gellius, John of Salisbury, (Alani) Anticlaudianus, etc.
Tacitus is mentioned on f. 106v as frequently citing Cluvius.
The text is very incorrectly written.
Foliation: ff. a-b + i + 1-236 + ii + c-d(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin with Middle English note on flyleaf.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Domenico di Bandino, Fons memorabilium uniuersi (book 5, De uiris claris) (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Begins imperfectly in an account of man in general.
(De partibus humani corporis)
Differt a muliere. Quia sexus non uariat speciem
The next sections are on Vir, Natura, Corpus, and on all parts of the body ending with Plante
De etatibus hominis
Decursis hominum partibus contra etates ponende sunt
Nunc ia(m) incepturus scribere particulares uiros inopiam (incipiam) ab inicio dolorum ac misseriarum gencium Primo (?) ab inicio peccati prothoparentum, seruato tamen ordine alphabeti, dicam igitur deo duce
Abacuc propheta ut scribit Jeronimus in prefatione Abacuc
The writer makes constant reference to other compilations of his own: de montibus, de ciuitatibus, de sectis hereticorum, de sectis philosophorum, de arboribus, de lapidibus et gemmis etc. etc.