[De ludo scachorum].
Possibly Spain, ca. 1400.
15th-century doeskin over cardboard and a layer of coarse linen.
96 leaves (2 columns, 28-46 lines), bound : paper ; 290 x 223 mm
Purchased from Arthur Rau, Paris, July 1958.
Ms. chess manual, philosophy; written possibly in Spain, ca. 1400
Texts: De ludo scachorum (foll. 1-27); Liber de dictis philosophorum antiquorum (fol. 29-89); fol. 90 blank; copies of church and monastic regulations and reforms (fol. 91-96).
Flyleaves have watermark of city buildings with tower in a convex arrangement, topped by a bird?, not found in Briquet or Piccard; text pages have crossbow and arrow watermarks, similar to Briquet 790, variously dated Pisa 1387, Paris 1390, Augsbourg 1393.