Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Analysis of Content
a2r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De oratore. Cic. De Orat. The first part of Book 1 entitled ‘praefatio' in incunable edition.
Imprint: Venice: Andreas de Paltasichis, 20 Aug. 1478. Folio.
Collation: a10 b–e8 f–i6.8 I6 l8.
GW: GW 6749;
Hain: HC 5102;
Goff: Goff C‑660;
BMC: BMC V 251;
Proctor: Pr 4424;
Others: Oates 1773-4; Sheppard 3557-8.
Copy number: C-232(1)
Bound with C‑214; see there for details of binding and provenance.
Size of leaf: 280 × 198 mm.
Wanting the blank leaf l8.
Occasional early marginal annotations and ‘nota' marks.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N inf. 1.31(2).
Copy number: C-232(2)
Binding: Eighteenth-century English gold-tooled red morocco; bound by Christopher Chapman. On both covers triple fillets form an outer frame, inside which is an unidentified floral roll. Triple fillets form a further frame, inside which is a roll with a trefoil and a fleur-de-lis (Nixon, ‘Harleian Bindings', pl. 14, Chapman roll 1). The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on leather has been applied over the centre-piece on both covers, which is made up of small tools, including Nixon, ‘Harleian bindings', pl. 15, nos 1a, 1b, 5, 14a, 14b, 16. The spine is decorated with Nixon, ‘Harleian Bindings', pl. 15, nos 3, 16, and Chapman roll 2, and an unidentified tool; marbled pastedowns.
Size: 310 × 220 × 30 mm.
Size of leaf: 305 × 202 mm.
Early marginal notes in several hands, one in red ink; mainly extracting key words and passages.
Initials, paragraph marks, and some running headlines are supplied in red. Capital strokes in red.
Provenance: Edward, Lord Harley, later 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741); perhaps the copy listed in London, BL, MS. Harley 3886, fol. 131; bought by Thomas Osborne; see Catalogus Bibliothecae Harleianae, I no. 5049; upper corner of the front endleaf cut off, as in other Harleian books. Purchased for £12. 12. 0; see Books Purchased (1825), 7.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N inf. 2.5.
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