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MS. 53 The Sigian inscription, with Chishull’s Commentary

(old shelfmark **A.53)

Language:Latin and Greek, with English
Origin:England
Date:18th c., ca. 1750 – 1775 (first pp. 1 – 4 post 1765)
Material:Paper. Watermark; Britannia within crowned oval
Physical Description:iii paper flyleaves + 360 pages (paginated 1 – 4, 1 – 365) + i paper flyleaf, 188 x 150 (ca. 150 – 160 x 130) mm, unruled, ca. 22 – 24 long lines
Rubric:Inscriptio Sigea
Incipit:Fas sit, juvante Deo, spectatissimum totius Asiae Monumentum orbi literato tradere
2o folio:moto circa eam
Explicit:(p. 355) et Herculem invenimus et mereurium
Contents:pp. 1 – 4 (first pagination), Extract from ‘Travels in Asia Minor, or an Account of a Tour made at the expence of the Society of Dilletanti (sic) by Richard Chandler DD etc., 1764 & -5’; pp. 1 – 355 (main pagination), Inscriptio Sigea, with a Commentary by Edmund Chishull
Script:Cursive mixed hand
Decoration:None
Provenance:Bookplate of P. Duncan, 19th / 20th c. (inside upper cover)
Binding:18th c., half marbled paper and brown leather over paste boards, endbands lost; boards detached
Notes:The bifolium paginated 1 – 4 preceding the main paginated text is in a different hand from the main MS, and appears to have been inserted at the time of the current binding. Neither Edmund Chishull (1671 – 1733) or Richard Chandler (1737 – 1810) appear to have Trinity Hall connections.
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