Catalogue Entry: THEM00437

Fragments on the rise of the papacy and Revelation

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Yahuda Ms. 7.3g, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

[Normalized Text] [Diplomatic Text]

Custodial History

SL245, described in the Sotheby catalogue as c. 300,000 words on 975 pp., was bought at the Sotheby sale by Gabriel Wells for £48 and sold to Yahuda on 1 Aug. 1936 for the sale price plus 15%. On 24 May 1949, Yahuda wrote to the London dealer Heinrich Eisemann, 'As to lot 245 the new arrangement and replacement of the pages resulted in 1,530 pages instead of 975 pages as many pages had to be taken out from other lots. But for this manuscript I have a customer who wants to pay a much higher price than $3,800 suggested by you.' If this was true, the prospective buyer's desire to part with his or her cash presumably waned. There must subsequently have been further reordering of the manuscript as the present Yahuda Ms. 7 amounts to nowhere near 1,530 pp.

Sotheby Lot

SL245 + ?

[1] Sigonius de Regno Italiæ l. 5. Et Platina in Papa Nic{holas}

[Editorial Note 1] The order of the following passages has been changed, as indicated by numbers 1 through 6.

[2] Theodoret.

[Editorial Note 2] From this point to the end of the addSpan, and continued on 5v, arguments are reordered with numbers 1 through 3.

[Editorial Note 3] The following text has been reordered; new order according to circled numbers 1–3.

[3] e Chron. Abbais Vrspergens.

[4] a Confirmationem recitat Sigonius lib 4 de Regno Italiæ ad ann. 817.

[Editorial Note 4] Text on this folio re-ordered using numbers 1 through 3; 1 and 3 found in the following upside-down portion.

[Editorial Note 5] Text re-ordered using circled numerals 1 through 3.

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