London. British Library, Harley MS 2767

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  • British Library, Harley MS 2767
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  • Latin
  • Vitruvius, De Architectura
  • This manuscript consists of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (fl. 40 BC), De Architectura (On Architecture). It is the oldest known extant copy of this work. Two leaves from Harley MS 2767 are now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Rawlinson MS D. 893, ff. 135, 136). Contents: ff. 1r-162v: Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, De architectura, beginning: 'Vitruvii de Architectura liber I. Cum divina tua mens et numen. Imperator Caesar imperio potiretur orbis terrarum'. The scribe has copied a recipe for making wax after the explicit: 'Uncia caerae colligit in futura aeris uncias VIII et denarius XVI, aeris cypri uncias VIII denarios stagni uncius vii et denarius XVII, argenti uncius X et denarius XII, plumbi libram I et denarius VI, auri libram et uncias VII et denarius VIII'. Decoration:Added cross in brown ink (f. 145v). Diagram of the winds in brown ink (f. 16v). Initials in red or brown and red, some large, some small. Rubrics in red uncials. First lines of some books in red or black uncials. Ruled in hardpoint. Quire signatures. Marginal notes are rare.
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