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Opening image, with commentary.

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Opening image, with commentary.
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
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
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6efbb4e0-c61e-012f-5916-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1449: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. "Opening image, with commentary." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1449. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ed78-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. "Opening image, with commentary." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 22, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ed78-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. (1449). Opening image, with commentary. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ed78-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Opening image, with commentary.