|Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection -- Manuscript Number: ljs473 Version:|
|L'Arte del Navegare (A treatise on ships and ship-building) Northeastern Italy (Venice), 1464-65|
Physical Description: 84 leaves (last 4 blank), lacking single leaves after fols.48 and 55, else apparently complete, collation: i-iv10, v9 [of 10, lacking ix, fols.41 and 42 now misbound in reverse order], vi9 [of 10, lacking vii], vii-viii10, ix6, with traces of catchwords, in each of quires i-v the outermost and innermost bifolia are of vellum, in each of quires vi-ix only the outermost bifolia are of vellum, all other leaves are of paper, 30 lines, ruled in blind (perhaps with a string ruling-frame), written-space 152mm. by 70mm., written in dark brown ink in a slightly sloping humanistic cursive minuscule, headings and marginal notes in red, 2-line chapter initials throughout in red or blue, four illuminated initials, either (a) 9 lines high, fol.1r, in vine-stems in blue wrapped around a burnished gold initial on a gold ground supporting a three-quarter white-vine border infilled with red, blue and green, heightened with white dots, enclosing a roundel with a wreath around a monogram and terminating in gold bezants on penwork sprays, or (b) 4 to 6 lines high, fols.28r, 47r and 72v, in burnished gold with white-vine infill and surround extending more than half the height of the page, seven pages with diagrams, drawings or scientific tables, (i) fol.8r, circular colored diagram of the world set in a purple sea within spheres of blue air and red fire surrounded again by the twelve signs of the zodiac drawn in ink and delicately colored, 70mm. in diameter (ii) fol.12r, a diagram of the regions of the earth from the cold in the Arctic and Antarctic to the tropics, within spheres of air and fire between the two polar stars in burnished gold, 68mm. in diameter (iii) fol.30v, a small colored diagram of the benches for rowers in a classical ship, 28mm. by 66mm., (iv) fol.49v, a circular diagram of the points of the compass, 62mm. in diameter; (v) fol.66r, a half-page astronomical diagram for finding the position of the moon in relation to the zodiac, 75mm. square, (vi) fol.66v, a three-quarter page astronomical diagram of the moon made out for the years 1451-1465, 136mm. by 100mm., and (vii) fol.68v, a full-page astronomical diagram of the planets and the days of the week, 152mm. by 67mm., considerable signs of use, first page rather rubbed and battered, fol.3 defective (and repaired) with loss of text, initial on fol.47r smudged and partly defective, fols.17-18 rather soiled, some leaves (including fols.41, 43-4, 47, 51, 59 and 66-8) and many inner margins repaired without loss of text, other stains, generally sound and mostly complete and legible, nineteenth-century English blind-tooled dark brown morocco, spine-title gilt, marbled endleaves, in a green watered silk padded case, 210 mm. x 135mm.