Cicero, Marcus Tullius
De officiis, et al.
Analysis of Content
Part I only.
a2r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De officiis. Cic. Off.
m9r [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Tullius Hesperios cupiens componere mores | Edidit hos libros appellans Officiorum'; 6 hexameters. See Walther, Initia, 19546.
Imprint: [Deventer: Richard Pafraet, between 1480 and 1485]. 4°.
Collation: Part I: De officiis: a–l8 m10; part II: Cato maior. Laelius: A8 B6 C–F8; part III: Somnium Scipionis: AA8 BB CC6.
GW: GW 6946 (I);
Hain: HC 5256 (part);
Goff: Goff C‑590;
BMC: BMC IX 47;
Proctor: Pr 8963, 8974;
Others: Campbell 428, 439; Campbell–Kronenberg 445b; HPT II 406; ILC 575; Oates 3447-8; Sheppard 6931-2.
Copy number: C-322(1)
2. Poggius Florentinus, Epistola de morte Hieronymi Pragensis. Brunus Aretinus, De duobus amantibus Guiscardo et Sigismunda. [Rostock: Fratres Domus Horti Viridis ad S. Michaelem, c.1476] (P‑408);
3. Prudentius, Cathemerinon, preface [fols 1r-v] and I–X [fols 2r -26v], with gloss [in manuscript].
Part I only.
Binding: Late eighteenth-century English purple blind-tooled morocco, for the Bodleian Library; endpapers watermarked 1795; a single gold fillet on each cover; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; purple silk bookmark; spine labelled ‘Ciceronis De oratore'; the stamp of the Library in blind on both covers.
Size: 220 × 155 × 30 mm.
Size of leaf: 209 × 141 mm.
Copious early marginal notes in red or black ink, in the hand which copied the Cathemerinon, mainly providing brief comments on the text;`nota' marks and pointing hands. On a1v in red, in an early hand, ‘Possideus. Vnus inquit dies hominum eruditorum plus valet quam imperiti longissima tempora. Hec ille'.
Cathemerinon copied in a single late fifteenth-/early sixteenth-century hand, the same hand as the marginal and interlinear commentary; commentary begins in upper margin, which has been cropped. A three-line initial ‘P' is supplied in red on fol. 1r; on fol. 1r only, paragraph marks are supplied in red and capital strokes in red.
Initials, some with extensions into the margins and pen-work decoration in the area defined by the letter, paragraph marks and marginal rubrics are supplied in red. Capital strokes and underlining in red. Book numbers are supplied in upper margin in red or in black ink.
Provenance: Lüder Kulenkamp (1724-1794); sale catalogue, p. 457, lot 27. Purchased for £0. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1796), 2.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N 5.9(1).
Copy number: C-322(2)
Fragments. Used as pastedowns in William Shakespeare, Comedies, Histories & Tragedies. London: Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, for W. Jaggard, Edward Blount, I. Smithweeke & W. Aspley, 1623 (`First Folio') [STC 22273]; see F. Madan, G. M. R. Turbutt and S. Gibson, The Original Bodleian Copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare (the Turbutt Shakespeare) (Oxford, 1905).
Binding: Seventeenth-century (1624) English (Oxford) smooth calf, bound for the Bodleian Library, by William Wildgoose; see S. Gibson in Original Bodleian Copy of First Folio, 12-13, with the binding illustrated on pl. IV. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover. Remains of a paper label at the head of the spine. This book and the items in which copies 3, 4 and 5 are now or were fragments were sent to Wildgoose for binding: for the evidence of this see Gibson, Oxford Bindings, 57-8.
Size: 350 × 225 × 75 mm.
Pastedowns from Cato maior: front pastedown: sheets B3.4 (upper part of pastedown) [Cic. Sen. 45-7, 40-2] and B2.5 (lower part of pastedown) [Cic. Sen. 36-8, 49-51]; back pastedown (damaged and obscured by later paper): sheets B1.6 (upper part of pastedown) [Cic. Sen. 33, 52-4] and A4.5 (lower part of pastedown) [Cic. Sen. 19, 12-13].
Size of fragments: front: 190 × 203 mm; 191 × 202 mm; back: 205 × 200 mm; 60 × 202 mm.
Provenance: Acquired, under copyright, in 1623. Presumably sold (following the acquisition of the ‘Third Folio' in 1663/4, to Richard Davis (fl. 1646-1688). Richard Turbutt (†1758). G. M. R. Turbutt (fl. 1905). Repurchased by the Bodleian from Turbutt in 1906 for £3,000, following a public appeal.
Former Bodleian shelfmarks: S 2.17 Art; Arch. F c.13
SHELFMARK: Arch. G c.7 (pastedowns).
Copy number: C-322(3)
Fragments. Used as pastedowns in Franciscus Sanchez, In Ecclesiasten commentarium . . . Barcelona: Sebastian Mathevat, 1619; Laurentius de Portel, Sermones et exhortationes monasticae. Lisbon: Petrus Crasbeeck, 1617.
Binding: Seventeenth-century (1624) English (Oxford) reversed calf; bound for the Bodleian Library, by William Wildgoose; see copy 2 above. Rebacked. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover. Two ties lost. Sprinkled red edges.
Size: 208 × 152 × 85 mm.
Pastedowns from De officiis: front pastedown: sheet l2.7 [Cic. Off. 3. 65-7, 3. 82-3]; back pastedown: sheet h4.5 [Cic. Off. 2. 66-7, 71-2].
Size of fragments: both pastedowns: 199 × 141 mm.
Provenance: Acquired by 1624; evidence of binding.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: S 4. 16 Th.
SHELFMARK: BB 12 Th. (pastedowns)
Copy number: C-322(4)
Fragments. Used as pastedowns in William Cowper, Workes. London: [Thomas Snodham and Felix Kingston,] for John Budge, 1623 (STC 5909).
Binding: Seventeenth-century (1624) English (Oxford) reversed calf; bound for the Bodleian Library, by William Wildgoose; see copy 2 above. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover. Two ties lost. Sprinkled red edges.
Size: 344 × 227 × 82 mm.
Pastedowns from De officiis: front pastedown: sheets l4.5 (upper part of pastedown) and k4.5 (lower part of pastedown) [Cic. Off. 3. 77-9, 72-3; 3. 44-6, 38-40]; back pastedown: sheets k2.7 (upper part of pastedown) and k3.6 (lower part of pastedown) [Cic. Off. 3. 37-8, 3. 46-9; 3. 52-4, 3. 31-3].
Size of fragments: front pastedowns: 201 × 215 mm; back pastedowns: 191 × 208 mm; 188 × 214 mm.
Provenance: Presumably acquired ‘under copyright' in 1623/4; evidence of binding indicates that it was certainly in the Library by 1624.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: C 10. 15 Th.
SHELFMARK: C 2. 3 Th. (pastedowns).
Copy number: C-322(5)
Bound in a modern guard-book of fragments.
Fragments. Sheets m4.7 and m5.6 [Cic. Off. 3. 101-17], and A2.7 and A3.6 [Cic. Sen. 4-12] (leaves A2-3), Cic. Sen. 21-9 (leaves A6-7)] all apparently removed from the binding of C 18. 11 Th. (John Downame, A guide to godlynesse or a treatise of Christian life. London: Felix Kingstone for Edward Wever and W. Bladen, [n. d.]; John Downame, A treatise of securitie. London: William Stansby, 1622; both parts = STC 7143) in 1958; see unsigned note [by David Rogers] in copy 1, dated 6 Oct. 1958. These sheets were still in place in the volume when it was examined by Gibson: see Gibson, ‘The Binding of the Turbutt Shakespeare', in Madan, Turbutt and Gibson, Original Bodleian Copy of First Folio, 12-13. The sheets from gathering ‘A' (Cato maior) were at the front, those from gathering ‘m' (De officiis) at the back.
Size of fragments: ‘m': 212 × 142 mm; ‘A': 195 × 142 mm.
Provenance: Presumably acquired ‘under copyright' in 1622/3; evidence of the binding of C 18. 11 Th. [seventeenth-century (1624) English (Oxford) reversed calf, bound for the Bodleian Library, by William Wildgoose (see copy 2 above)] indicates that it was certainly in the Library by 1624.
SHELFMARK: Inc. c. N97.1(10).
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