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Image of siege tactics.

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Borsatis (Artist)
Borsatis (Scribe)
Taccola, Mariano (1381-ca. 1458) (Associated name)

Drawings of siege weapons, tactics etc.]

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1449
Library locations
Spencer Collection
Shelf locator: Spencer Collection Ms. 136
Castles & palaces
Ownership : Collection of Count Wilczek, Austria. Bought for Spencer, 1959.

Content : 2 scribes?: A, ff. a-102v; B, f. 104v

Content : Borsatis from exemplar by Taccola?

Content : Dated to ca. 1449; on f. 102, the scribe (Borsatis) copied the colophon of his exemplar, which is dated 1449. Rose suggests that Borsatis copied this ms. from a Taccola autograph such as Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, MS Latinus 28800.

Content : Dictionary Catalog. Rose and Beck articles. Library dossier.

Content : Drawings of siege weapons, tactics etc. 2- and 3-line red initials. Red slashes as placemarkers.

Content : Folio numbers in table of contents do not correspond to the folios in this manuscript. Il Taccola was nicknamed the Archimedes of Siena.

Content : Many drawings contain human figures.

Content : Most pages contain drawings and a few lines of commentary. Text pages contain up to 40 long lines per page, ruled in very faded ink.

Content : Paper

Content: The ms. is foliated 1-104, missing the first folio (labelled a) and labelling 2 blank folios as 5a and 5b. But ff. 21, 36 and 64 are missing (stubs visible), so the total number remains 104. Foliation in the manuscripts is used for convenience.
Type of Resource
Still image
UUID: 6f3654b0-c61e-012f-fcbe-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 1449: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. "Image of siege tactics." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1449. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ed79-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. "Image of siege tactics." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 30, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ed79-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. (1449). Image of siege tactics. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ed79-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Image of siege tactics.