Thomas E. Marston Manuscripts at the Beinecke Library

 

Thomas Marston (1904-84) was for many years Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Yale University. He was also an ardent collector of manuscripts and gave many of them to Yale.  Below is a list of the Marston manuscripts with a link to their current description if it is known.  Because Marston gave books to Yale throughout his tenure, many of the books he donated are not part of the Marston shelflist collection.  He also sold and donated some of his manuscripts and so there are Marson MS numbers that were never or are no longer (in the case of returned manuscripts) in the collection. 

 

Marston's manuscrips have been throughly catalogued by Barbara Shailor in her Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Volume III: Marston Manuscripts. Binghamton, NY: Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, 1992.  If you have additional information about Marston manuscripts, particularly those whose locations are presently unknown,we would appreciate hearing from you.

 

 

Marston Manuscripts

 

All information about Marston manuscripts, unless otherwise noted, is from Barbara Shailor's catalog of the collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marston MS 1

ca. 1450, Northeastern Italy

Gazaeus, Aeneas. Gazaeus, Aeneas. Theophrastus, Latin translation by Ambrogio Traversari, etc. Northeastern Italy, s. XVmed. Acquired from C. A. Stonehill in 1949 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate). Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 64, no. 1.

Marston MS 2

1175-1200, Tuscany

Canticum canticorum, with glossa ordinaria. Purchased from C. A. Stonehill in 1948 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate). Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 64, no. 2.

Marston MS 3

1450, Italy

Cicero, De amicitia; De senectute. Bought from Stonehill in 1948. Location Unknown. Sold at Sotheby's 10 December 1962, lot 119, to Dawson.

Marston MS 4

1450-1475, Oxford

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De officiis, De oratore, etc. Purchased from C. A. Stonehill (note on back pastedown) in 1948 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate)Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 64, no. 4.

Marston MS 5

1450, Italy

Cicero, Epistolae. Bought from Stonehill in 1949; sold at Sotheby's, 11 December 1961, lot 185, to A. G. Thomas, his cat 12 (1963), no. 5, and reoffered in his cats. 14 (1964), no. 13 and 16 (1965), no. 4; resold at Sotheby's 10 July 1967, lot 61 to Miss H. Blane.

Marston MS 6

1420s; between 1450 and 1475

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. 

Orationes, De oratore, Orator, Brutus, etc. Purchased from C. A. Stonehill in 1949 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate). Bibliography: Faye and Bond, pp. 64-65, no. 6. Exhib. Cat., pp. 224-25, no. 48.

Marston MS 7

1400-1410, Florence

Cicero, Orationes, etc. Purchased from C. A. Stonehill in 1948 by Thomas E. Marston.

Marston MS 8

1450, Italy

Pseudo-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium. Written on palimpsest gathered together from many different manuscripts, some that were previously folder, others from large service books. Purchased from C. A. Stonehill in 1949 by Thomas E. Marston.

Marston MS 9

ca. 1460-65, Florence

Curtius Rufus, Historia Alexandri Magni, It. tr. Pier Candido Decembrio, etc.  Purchased from Lathrop C. Harper in 1949 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 1168, no. 32; Faye and Bond, p. 65, no. 9; The Medieval Book, p. 107, no. 103.

 

Marston MS 10

ca. 1415-20, Florence

Demosthenes, et al., Lat. tr. Leonardo Bruni. Purchased from Lathrop C. Harper in 1948 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate). Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 65, no. 10.

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