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Bod-Inc: C-275

Cicero, Marcus Tullius

Epistolae ad familiares (comm. Hubertinus Clericus Crescentinas).


Analysis of Content

a1v Accursius Pisanus, Bonus: [Letter addressed to] Johannes Franciscus Turrianus. Incipit: ‘Cum omnes homines, ut stoicorum sententia est . . .’ Explicit: meis munusculis delectari. Vale.

a2r Clericus Crescentinas, Hubertinus: [Letter addressed to] Bonus Accursius Pisanus. Incipit: ‘Cum iam multos et eosdem utiles libros, uir eruditissime Bone Accursi . . .’ Explicit: animo persequi possim. Vale et me ama

a2v Clericus Crescentinas, Hubertinus: [Commentary on Epistolae ad familiares.] Incipit: ‘[H]uius uoluminis epistolas etsi omnes communi appellatione . . . “[E]go omni officio”. Sensus est: ego omne officium meum aut . . .’

a4r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Epistolae ad familiares. Cic. Fam. 1-10; 11. 1-26; 11. 28; 11. 27; 11. 29; 12; 13. 1-49; 2. 14; 13. 50-79; 14; 15. 1-6; 15. 9; 15. 7-8; 15. 10-21; 16. 5; 16. 7; 16. 1-4; 16. 6; 16. 8-9; 16. 11-12; 16. 10; 16. 15; 16. 14; 16. 13; 16. 16-27.

O5r [Colophon.]

O5v [Clericus Crescentinas, Hubertinus: Valedictory letter addressed to] Bonus Accursius Pisanus. Incipit: ‘Habes, doctissime atque optime Bone Accursi Pisane, opus longe maius atque huberius . . .’ Explicit: ut audacius prodeat. Vale Saxius 484.

O6r Clericus Crescentinas, Hubertinus: [Verse addressed to the book.] ‘Hubertinus Clericus Crescentinas librum suum alloquitur'. Incipit: ‘Vade, liber, nobis propere dimissus et acris | Inuidiæ telis sæpe petendus abi'; 23 elegiac distichs.

O6v Platinus, Petrus Antonius: [Verse, dedicated to] Octavianus Vicomercatus. Incipit: ‘Ingeniis antiqua suis ne saecula tantum | Illustrata putes inclyta nostra uide'; 8 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Venice: [Printer of the 1480 Martialis], 1 July 1480. Folio.


Collation: a–d8 e6 f–y8 z10 A–O8.


ISTC: ic00521000

GW: GW 6834;

Hain: HC *5187;

Goff: Goff C‑521;

BMC: BMC V 296;

Proctor: Pr 5662;

Others: BSB‑Ink C‑332; Oates 2223; Sheppard 3715-16.

LCN: 14840989, 14841047


Copy number: C-275(1)

Wanting the blank leaf O8.

Binding: Nineteenth-century Italian quarter red morocco over red paper boards; gold-tooled spine; marbled pastedowns; probably bound for Boutourlin.

Size: 307 × 217 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 203 mm.

Copious marginal notes mainly extracting key words, a few providing short historical comments, mostly in one early hand, probably that of Franciscus Caritha Gracinus. On a1r an index of subjects covered in the letters, with folio references, written in the same early hand. Inscription on a1r in a seventeenth/eighteenth-century(?) hand: ‘Feci id quod decet . . .' Erasures in text, with some corrections.

Some initials are supplied in black ink. Running headlines are supplied in an early hand in faded red ink. Two sets of foliation numbers, one in black ink in an early hand, the other in pencil.

Provenance: Franciscus Caritha Gracinus (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription on a1r: ‘Liber mei Francisci Carithe Gracini καὶ τον (!) φιλω̂ν ’. Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); book-plate (Gelli 6) and shelfmark no. 254; see Catalogue (1831), no. 254; sale catalogue (1841), lot 1300. Purchased for £1. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1842), 13.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 2.13.

Copy number: C-275(2)

Wanting a4, the place of which is taken by the corresponding leaf from De Tortis's edition, 1481 (Pr 4606), and the blank leaf O8.

Binding: Eighteenth-century English calf; gold fillets on the covers; gold-tooled spine with various floral, foliate, and star tools and five small insect tools, a bee, a grasshopper, and two beetles; on the outer edge of the boards smaller insect tools; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. The upper cover loose.

Size: 310 × 217 × 57 mm.

Size of leaf: 305 × 201 mm.

Copious early marginal notes analysing the structure of the letters and extracting key words; some interlinear notes providing synonyms; corrections of the text, pointing hands, underlining in the text, pen-trials and scribbles.

Initials are supplied in red or blue or interlocked red and blue; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; running book numbers are supplied in red and blue.

Provenance: Edmund Blenkynsop (fl. 1489-1502); inscription on a1r: ‘Iste liber constat Edmūndo Blynkynsop'. Harry Camberley (sixteenth century); signature on a1r. Thomas(?) Stone (sixteenth century); inscription in upper margin of a2r: ‘[Thomas?] Stone is my master . . .' Duplicate from British Museum, London; stamp and ‘Duplicate for sale 1769' on a2r; see catalogue, S. Baker and G. Leigh, 4 Apr. Matthew Maty (1718-1776); signature in upper margin of a2r; not found in his sale catalogue. Augustus Henry Fitzroy (1735-1811), 3rd Duke of Grafton, 1779; inscription on a1r: ‘D. of Grafton 1779'. Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858); sale (1818), lot 600, for £0. 4. 6; note by Heber on recto of front endleaf. Richard Heber (1773-1833); see Catalogue, 7 (1835), lot 1583. Purchased for £0. 9. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 7.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 3.16.

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