• Manuscript, Book
[Swabia?, Germany] : [producer not identified], [1436?]
1 volume (i, 246, i leaves) : illustrations ; 31 cm


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  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Script: Cursiva libraria in several hands.
  • Decoration: Major texts begin with a 2- to 3-line blue initial with red penwork, sometimes including a human face. Smaller initials of the same type, alternating in red and blue, begin sections of major texts.
Binding note
Germany, 15th century. Deerskin over beveled wooden boards (9-10 mm thick). Missing on the upper and lower boards are four bosses at corners and one boss in the center, and two fore-edge clasps or straps connecting to the front board.
Princeton MS. 178 contains classical and medieval school texts, many of which circulated as school texts in German-speaking areas, with glosses and commentaries. The manuscript was later in the library of the Königliche Marienstifts-Gymnasium in Stettin, Pomerania (now Szeczecin, Poland). It is unknown when the library acquired the manuscript. During World War II, the Marienstifts-Gymnasium was forced to relocate away from Stettin and then ceased operation. Since the end of World War II, the book has been in private collections. The Princeton University Library purchased it from Sandra Hindman (Les Enluminures, Paris, Chicago) in part with support of the Theodore F. Sanxay Fund and the Presidential Fund of Harold T. Shapiro and Vivian B. Shapiro, and purchased in honor of Prof. Theodore J. Ziolkowski (Acc. no. 2003-3).
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 451-454.
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Princeton MS. 178, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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