Manuscript: MS. Canon. Ital. 38
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Bodleian Library, MS. Canon. Ital. 38
(L' Acerba Eta)
 

Produced: Florence, 1456

Language: Italian

Author: Cecco d'Ascoli
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Media: Paper
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Folios:    Height: 31 cm   Width: 21 cm

Manuscript type: Single-author

Location: Bodleian Library (University of Oxford), Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Family: n/a

 



Source: Bodleian Library LUNA search: MS. Canon. Ital. 38 | Copyright 2003 Oxford University | Folio 61r


 
Description

This manuscript "is classified as a codice cartaceo in foglio and attributed to the 15th century. A short work by an anonymous writer precedes the Acerba, which appears under the title of L'Acerba Eta, thus furnishing another example of one of the clues to be considered in interpreting the title of Cecco's work. The text of the Acerba is substantially complete, but the first thirty lines of Chapter IV of Book III and other occasional lines are omitted. There are many signs of haste in transcription as the work proceeds. Notable among the peculiarities of language to be found in No. 38 are those that Castelli has classified as ascolanismi and latinismi respectively. It contains also many interesting text variants. But its most striking feature is what Mortara calls the "molti disegni in penna coloriti, relativi alle diverse cose in esso (il codice) contenute." These colored figures, though not so artistic as those of the Laurentian MS. No. 52 at Florence or those reproduced by Wiese and Percopo, in their Geschichte der Italienischen Litteratur, from the Berlin codex found in the Royal Cabinet of Prints, make this MS. nevertheless of unusual interest." - Notes on the Oxford Manuscripts of Cecco d'Ascoli's Acerba (1935) Rice

The Acerba is an encyclopedic poem, dealing with astronomy, zoology, etc., and includes some bestiary stories.


 
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Digital facsimiles: Bodleian Library (partial)

 

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