School Texts

Boethius, De consolatione philosophiae

  • 1461; paper; mm 288 × 214; ff. II, 40, II’.
  • San Daniele del Friuli, ‘Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana’, 125

The codex was copied by an anonymous scribe, most likely a student who attended in Gemona the schools of master Nicolò di Iacopo of San Daniele.

Alexander of Villedieu, Doctrinale

  • A. 1423; parchment; mm 306 x 205; ff. III, 54, II’.
  • San Daniele del Friuli, ‘Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana’, 120

One of the most used texts for Latin teaching in the grammar schools all over Europe until the sixteenth century which got into Guarnerio d’Artegna’s book collection.

Miscellaneous Commentaries to minores auctores

  • S. XIV and XV (1414, 1415, 1416); paper; mm 297 × 220; ff. I, 210, I’.
  • Treviso City Library, 156

A school text that should owe its manufacturing, according to a widely evidenced praxis, to a Friulian university student, Francesco Squarani of Venzone, who attended the ars notariae studies at Padua.

Miscellaneous Humanistic and School Texts

  • S. XV; paper; mm 208 × 142; ff. VI, 227, VII’.
  • San Daniele del Friuli, ‘Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana’, 228

A book addressed to the practical use of students and schoolboys more than to the learned lectures of a humanist, this codex is however a precious witness of the cultural ferment and the wide spread of the studia humanitatis in the fifteenth-century Friuli thanks to the school system.

Juvenal, Saturarum libri V; Persius, Saturarum liber

  • S. XV med.; parchment; mm 233 x 147; ff. IV, 86, III’.
  • Udine, ‘Biblioteca Arcivescovile’, 14

A manuscript designed and manufactured as a school text to be studied at Udine, perhaps initially for the personal use of Valerio Filittini, the undersigning copyist upon his work’s completion.

Miscellaneous Humanistic Texts

  • S. XV2; parchment; mm 158 × 99; ff. II, 74, II’.
  • Udine, ‘Biblioteca Arcivescovile’, ms. 11

The codex, manufactured under the family Porcia’s patronage, includes only texts legitimating those humanistic culture and studia humanitatis that had a significantly wide spread in Friuli.

Giovanni da Soncino, Notabilia in grammaticam

  • S. XIV-XV; parchment; mm 277 × 202; ff. I, 30, I’.
  • San Daniele del Friuli, ‘Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana’, 129

This school, better say secondary school, text is likely to be referred to Guarnerio’s education or somehow to his relations with his school teacher, the humanist Giovanni da Spilimbergo (1380 circa-1455), as evidenced by the frequent marginal and interlinear notes of a contemporary or little later period.

Statius, Thebais

  • 1402; parchment; mm 352 × 234; ff. I, 168, II’.
  • Vatican City, ‘Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana’, Arch. Cap. S. Pietro H. 15

Not only a study text, but also, and above all, a pomp display is to be considered this magnificent witness of Statius’ Thebais, copied in Bologna by the Friulian student Giovanni Berto on a good-quality white parchment, with wide borders and a very rich decoration.

Seneca, Tragoediae

  • 1399, [Cividale]; parchment; 290 × 215; ff. 228.
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, Canon. Class. lat. 88

This codex, written in the schools of Cividale towards the end of the end of the fourteenth century, is a significant witness of Seneca’s work circulation in Friuli.

Valerius Maximus, Factorum et dictorum memorabilium libri IX

  • 1381, Bologna; parchment; mm 263 × 185; ff. I, 9 + 102, I’.
  • Vatican City, ‘Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana’, Vat. lat. 1918

A manuscript by Valerius Maximus copied by a ‘migrant’ Friulian student, Giovanni of quondam Andrea of Gemona, who was in Bologna to study law or ars notariae.

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