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Name: M. Tullius Cicero De Officiis

Repository: University of Tasmania Library

Settlement: Hobart

Associated Manuscript Items:
De Officiis

Library ref: MS. 1

Acquisition: acquired in 1961 from B. M. Rosenthal of New York

Binding: 15c. calf over oak boards. The covers bear a rectangle with rope plaitwork in triangular corners and centre circle, as well as quatrefoils in outer borders, all in blind. Spine has blind-tooled small rectangles, three fillets diagonally, four roundels. Remains of two clasps on the front cover.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (10)1 (9)2 (10)3-15 ( 8)16. Fols 19r.Ñ19v., 154r.Ñ154v. are blank.


Condition: Edges trimmed Worm-holes in the covers and fols 1-5, 156Ñ7 without loss of text

Deco desc: red caps and roman numerals; three blue initials with red pen- work and marginal scrolls on 20r., 77v., lily. There is an ink shield on 21r.

Dimensions: 215 x 140 mm

Extent: i + 157

Foliation: foliation is modern in arabic numerals by tens,

Hand desc: Italian littera humanistica textualis


Layout: one col. of 23 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: B. M. Rosenthal, Catalogue XII. Medieval Manuscripts. Incunabula, New York 1961, p.3, item 15; D. H. Borchardt, ÔImportant manuscripts in the University LibraryÕ, University of Tasmania Gazette, Vol.XI (1961), p.47; K. V. Sinclair, ÔSome late manuscripts of the works of Classical authorsÕ, Phoenix, Vol.XVI (1962), pp. 278-9.

Music notation:


Orig date: s. xv2

Orig place:



Record hist source: Sinclair no. 163


Signatures: a few quire signatures remain

Support: paper water-marks are a hat cf. Briquet, Vol.I, no (Florence 1465Ñ7, Udine 1469, Venice 1469) and a four-runged ladder cf. Briquet, Vol.II, no.5908 (Rome 1457Ñ61, Naples 1457Ñ68, Venzone 1462, Florence 1462)


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