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Lot 10: Dante commentary fragment.- Lana (Jacopo della) Commentary to Dante's Commedia, Northern Italy, mid-fourteenth century.
November 15, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Lana (Iacomo or Iacopo della) Commentary to Dante's Commedia, fragment on vellum, Northern Italy, mid-fourteenth century. 200 x 160mm. (fols. 1 and 2) and 200 x 95mm. (fols. 3 and 4), I + 4 + I leaves, leaves mounted on a parchment strip and sewn into a folded early parchment folio (210 x 165 mm), text block: 120 mm (only horizontally), two columns, 26-29 lines, probably blind-ruled, text written in brown ink in chancery hand, three-line blank space for capital on fol. 3v, modern pencil foliation in upper right corner of fols. 3 and 4, right hand column of fols. 3 and 4 cut away, outer margin of fol. 1 somewhat trimmed with loss of some letters, upper margin of fol. 1 and outer margin of fol. 4r frayed, a few holes, affecting a few letters of text at fols. 2 and 4, water-stain to fol. 4, some early underlining of words or phrases in brown ink, later underlining in red pencil, traces of its re-use as binding cover in the sixteenth-century with inked title to inner margins of fols. 2v and 3v 'B 1557 us[que] 1570', inner margins of fols. 1r and 4v with annotations in a sixteenth-century hand, only partly legible, upper margin of fol. 3r with inscription 'Sig[on]r Scipione Barberini' (datable to beginning of the seventeenth century), inner margins of fols. 1v, 2r, 3r-v with calculations in an early hand, modern red morocco folding case, title lettered in gilt on upper cover. ⁂ This important vellum fragment comes from a dismembered manuscript of the Commento by Iacomo della Lana, and contains his commentary to Inferno Canto I, 37 - Canto II 62. The leaves were folded in half and re-used as a binding cover, probably for a register.
Notes: Category: Western And Medieval Manuscripts