PYTHAGORAS, with commentary by HIEROCLES
Carmina Aurea (Golden Verses)
In Greek, manuscript on paper
Italy, probably Supersano (Apulia), c. 1465
Rare manuscript copy of the Golden Verses, traditionally attributed to Pythagoras, in the fifth-century commentary by the Neoplatonist Hierocles. With an illustrious nineteenth-century provenance (Earl Frederick North, Sir Thomas Phillipps, etc.), the manuscript has been newly identified here as written by the scribe George, a priest working in Supersano in southern Italy and fits well in the context of the Humanist interest in Greek texts. Copies are extremely rare; only three are in the Schoenberg Database and none has appeared on the market since 1979.