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Name: M. Tullius Cicero Epistolae ad Familiares

Repository: University Library

Settlement: Sydney, in the University of Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
Epistolae ad Familiares

Library ref: MS. Nicholson 29

Acquisition: Sir Charles Nicholson's family donated the MS to the library in 1924

Binding: 17c. red leather over wooden boards (8mm. thick). On the covers are twelve fillets (six blind, three gilt, three blind) forming centre panel at the outer corners of which is a gilt quatrefoil. In the panel is a ducal coronet over a prancing ram, both gilt. Spine carries the lettering M.T.C. EPISTOLAE/ FAMILIAR, and three fleurons, all gilt.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree for the most part

Collation: (8)1 (12)2-3 (10)455 (12)6 (4)7 (12)8-11 (2)12. Av., 118v., Br. are blank


Condition: Edges trimmed Top half of the whole volume is badly stained by water and acid, often resulting in faded ink and powdered paper; loss of text completely on top of fols l-4. Worm-holes in spine and covers.

Deco desc: a few red rubrics

Dimensions: 217 x 145 mm

Extent: ii + 118


Hand desc: Bulk of the text copied by one hand employing a mid-15c. Italian littera humanistica cursiva. The cursive quality varies from one sheet to the next and even changes to textualis in places, see for example fols 41r., 68v., 79r., 80r., 83v.-84r., 92r., 112v.-113r.


Layout: one col. of 24-26 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: K. V. Sinclair, ÔSome late manuscripts of the works of Classical authorsÕ, Phoenix, Vol.XVI (1962), pp.277-8; Exhibition, p.9 no.2.

Music notation:


Orig date: s. xvmed

Orig place:


Provenance: 117r.-118r. in a late 15c. Italian littera humanistica cursiva is a list of Roman emperors inc. Gaius gallicola nepos tiberii . . . (ends abruptly) . . . decius romanorum imperator .xxiiii. regnauit anno uno ballus hostilianus; Bv. carries notes in Latin all badly faded, by another 15c. hand, as well as a 16c. copy, covered with stains, of an Italian text headed Revelatione dÕEsdre propheta;[N159] Ar. in the hand of the Duke of AltaempsÕ secretary is the ex-libris ÔEx codicibus Illustrissimi et Excellentissimi Domini Ioannis Angeli Ducis ab Altaemps Epistolae familiares M.T.C.Õ; the heraldic device of the Altaemps family is on the covers,[N160] inside the front cover in l9c. ink is ÔSaeculi XV Anotationes sunt saeculi xviÕ, and in pencil ÔMSÕ and Ôso/-Õ, then the helmet book-plate of Sir Charles Nicholson, Bart. [N159] Editions and MSS of the Latin original are noted by Stegmuller, Vol.I, pp. 65-6. [N160] binding is very like that of a number of volumes in his library and can be dated 1611-20, cf. MS. Ottoboni Lat. 1441 and F. Feron and F. Battaglini, Codices Manuscripti Ottoboniani Bibliothecae Vaticanae Descripti, Rome 1893, pp.xl-lx.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 127



Support: paper water-marks are a fish cf. Briquet, Vol.IV, no.12414 (Udine 1448, Florence 1450), three hills in a circle surmounted by a cross cf. ibid., Vol.III, no.11880 (Brescia 1448-53), capital M cf. ibid., Vol.III, no.8354 (Lucca 1436), capital T in a circle cf. ibid., Vol.III, no.9127 (Naples 1444, Rome 1447-52);


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