Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
CICERO, EPISTULAE AD FAMILIARESff. 1-218v: M.T.C. epistolarum liber primus incipit, Marcus Tullius Cicero Publio Lentulo salutem plurimam dicit, Ego omni officio ac potius pietate erga te…in medio foro videro dissiaviabo [sic]. Me ama. Vale. Finis. M.T.C. Epistolarum Liber Decimus Sextus Et Ultimus Explicit Feliciter.
Southern Italy, s. XVex
H. Sjögren, ed., M. Tullii Ciceronis…epistularum ad familiares libri I-XVI (Leipzig 1925) 5-558. Parchment, ff. ii + 218 (with f. 45 bis) + ii; 263 × 183 (190 × 115) mm. 18 210 38 4-510 68 710 8-98 1010 118 12-1410 158 1610 178 18-1910 208 21-2310 248(-8). Catchwords in the center of the lower margin decorated with 4 diamond-shaped patterns of dots. 29 long lines, ruled in dry point with vertical and horizontal double bounding lines. Written in a humanistic script. On f. 1, a C-shaped white vinestem border on a red, blue and green ground within a burnished gold frame; in the upper corner, a butterfly; in the middle, a rabbit; in the lower margin, a wreath of laurel leaves with a coat of arms (see below); 7-line initial in gold and enclosed by a gold frame, set on a colored ground, entwined with white vinestem. Other initials to begin the books, 7- to 5-line, in the same fashion, but with vinestem extensions in the margin; 3- and 2-line initials alternating in blue and red. The rubric of the first book in humanistic script in red ink; rubrics for other books and for letters alternating red and black square capitals (the red letters lacking on quire 13). Greek omitted, for example in 13.15 (f. 175v). Bound by Lortic in blue morocco; gilt over marbled edges. Written in Italy, probably Naples, ca. 1470-80. Owned by Andrea Matteo III Acquaviva d’Aragona (1458-1529), Duke of Atri, whose coat of arms is in the lower border of f. 1, as in Rietstap, vol. 1, pl. 8. Belonged to Ambroise Firmin Didot (1790-1876); his sale, Paris, 6 June 1878, n. 5 to Quaritch for Ricardo Heredia y Livermore, Count of Benahavis, whose book label is on the front pastedown; his sale, Paris, 16 May 1892, pt. II, n. 2793 to Belin. Belonged to Robert Hoe: Bierstadt (1895), pp. 19-20; Cat. (1909) p. 14; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1911, pt. I, n. 2121 to Clarke. G. D. Smith Cat. [n. 12, 1912?] n. 118. Owned by the New York collector, Charles Baker, and purchased from him with other material by Henry E. Huntington in 1918.
Secundo folio: sumus senatumBibliography: De Ricci, “Handlist” 103. De Ricci, 80. T. De Marinis, La Biblioteca napoletana dei Re d’Aragona (Milan 1947-52) 2.46.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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