Cicero, Marcus Tullius
De officiis, et al.
Analysis of Content
[a2r] Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De officiis. Cic. Off.
[k4v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Tullius Hesperios cupiens componere mores | Edidit hos libros appellans Offitiorum'; 6 hexameters. See Walther, Initia, 19546.
[k4v] Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Paradoxa stoicorum. Cic. Parad.
[l4r] Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De amicitia. Cic. Amic.
[o1r] Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De senectute. Cic. Sen.
[q3r] [Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Somnium Scipionis.] Cic. Rep. 6. 9-26.
[q8r] [Colophon, partly in verse.] Incipit: ‘E Spira nato Ciceronis opuscula quinque | Hec Vindelino formis impressa fuere'; 2 hexameters.
Imprint: Venice: Vindelinus de Spira, 4 July 1472. Folio.
Collation: [a10 b–m8 n10 o–q8 r4].
GW: GW 6928;
Hain: HCR 5258;
Goff: Goff C‑580;
BMC: BMC V 159;
Proctor: Pr 4038;
Others: Essling 8; Sheppard 3211.
Copy number: C-313(1)
Wanting [r1-2] and the blank leaves [a1], [r3-4].
Binding: Eighteenth-century red morocco, bound by H. Walther for the Bodleian Library; label inside front endleaf; marbled pastedowns; gilt-edged leaves; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers; according to Morelli the previous binding was French.
Size: 288 × 206 × 33 mm.
Size of leaf: 277 × 185 mm.
Copious early marginal notes in several hands, ‘nota' marks and pointing hands, many in red ink. One early hand extracts names in red ink; another hand extracts phrases; a third hand makes short comments, sometimes with reference to other authors.
Epigraphic initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Some running headlines and rubrics are supplied in faded red ink. In the lower margin of [a2r] a coat of arms in brown ink, within a wreath decorated with stems, flower petals, and acorns: a pine-tree eradicated; arms borne with distinctive tinctures by the families of Pini, of Forlì, and Albareto, of Ferrara.
Provenance: Pini or Albareto family; coat of arms (see above). Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); see Morelli (1787), I no. 1450; sale (1789), lot 6361. Purchased through Peter Elmsley for £6. 15. 0; see the annotated sale catalogue and Books Purchased (1789), 5.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N 2.23.
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