Sentences of the philosophers.
- Sentences of the philosophers.
- Hermonymus, Georgius, 15th cent.
- Published / Created
- [ca. 1475-1476]
- Publication Place
- Manuscript on parchment of collected Greek moral sayings translated into Latin by the diplomat George Hermonymus of Sparta. The manuscript also contains a dedicatory preface to the Abbot of St. Albans. The final two leaves contain 16th and 17th-century verses in multiple hands. The humanist style of the book's script, contents, and illuminations suggest that it is a sister copy of British Library, Harley MS 3346, which was presented to George Neville, Archbishop of York.
Binding: original, worn velvet over wooden boards.
Decoration: heraldic illumination on f. 1v of two angels holding a coat of arms, overpainted to that of the Totewhill family (sable, three covered cups argent); the mitre associated with the abbacy of St. Albans floats above. Borderwork around the miniature consists of gold leaf and alternating red and blue flowers. 1 four-line gilt initial "M" on 2r with accompanying blue and red design and gold borderwork with blue and red background. Between 1 and 3 two to three-line gilt initials per page with blue and red background. Rubrics in red.
Ex libris St. Albans Abbey. Ex libris the Totewhill family of Cornwall. Purchased from Christie's London sale (2017 July 12, lot 13) on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Fund, 2017.
Layout: single column of 14 lines.
Script: main text in a humanist hand, possibly that of George Hermonymus. Later English and Latin verses in three early modern hands.
The manuscript contains a dedicatory preface from George Hermonymus to "Gulielmum," the Abbot of St. Albans, either William Albon (1465-1475) or William of Wallingford (1476-1492); this manuscript was probably presented while Hermonymus was on a diplomatic mission to England between 1475 and 1476. The coat of arms of the Totewhill family of Cornwall have been overpainted in the heraldic miniature.
- 32 leaves : parchment ; 155 mm x 107 mm
- Extent of Digitization
- Partially digitized
English, Middle (1100-1500)
- Call Number
- Beinecke MS 1217
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- mixed material
Commonplace books--Great Britain--15th century
Manuscripts, Medieval--England--15th century
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Name)
Hermōnymos, Geōrgios,--15th cent.
St. Albans Abbey
- Subject (Topic)
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
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- Georgius Hermonymus, Sentences of the Philosophers. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
- Orbis Record