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Marston MS 39 Florence, 1453
Cicero, De oratore, Pro Milone, Pro Ligario
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1. ff. 1r-121v M. T. Ciceronis de. oratore ad .Q. fratrem liber
primus foeliciter incipit. Cogitanti mihi sepenumero et memoria
vetera repetenti perbeati fuisse Quinte frater illi uideri solent qui
in optima re publica...et aliquando ab hac contentione disputationis
animos nostros curamque laxemus: M. T. Ciceronis de oratore liber
tertius et ultimus foeliciter explicit. Τελος. Φ [surrounded by dots
and flourishes here and at conclusion of arts. 2 and 3]. Phylippus
Corbizus manu propria scripsit MCCCC⁰ LIII. ff. 122r-124v ruled,
Cicero, De oratore I-III; K. F. Kumaniecki, ed., Teubner fasc. 3
(1969) pp. 1-362. The scribe has entered into the margins both
corrections to the text and variant readings that are usually marked
by the abbreviations ul or al; annotations are decorated with
dots and flourished in the same manner as the catchwords.
2. ff. 125r-144v M. T. Ciceronis oratio ad iudices pro .T. Amnio
Milone foeliciter incipit. Et si vereor iudices ne turpe sit pro
fortissimo uiro dicere incipientem timere minimeque deceat...in
iudicibus legendis optimum et sapientissimum quemque legit. Φ.
Cicero, Pro T. Annio Milone; A. Klotz, ed., Teubner v. 8 (1918) pp.
13-66. In art. 2 and to a lesser extent in art. 3 key rhetorical
words have been entered in the margins (e. g., on f. 125r: Captat
beniuolentiam a persona Milonis, Expolitio, Ratio propositionis,
Distributio, Correctio). No rhetorical words appear on ff. 133v-144v.
3. ff. 145r-151v [In upper margin:] YHS. [heading:] M. T. Ciceronis
oratio ad Cesarem pro .Q. Ligario foeliciter incipit. Nouum crimen .c.
cesar et ante hunc diem inauditum propinquus meus. [to be inserted
from margin: ad te .Q.] tubero detulit .Q. ligarium in africam fuisse
...Tantum te ipsum admonebo si illi absenti salutem dederis presentibus
his omnibus te daturum. Τελός. Explicit. Φ. f. 152r-v
ruled, but blank
Cicero, Pro Q. Ligario; A. Klotz, ed., Teubner v. 8 (1918) pp. 84-100.
Paper (coarse; remains of deckle edges; watermarks: Briquet Echelle
5904, Briquet Fleur 6306, and similar to Briquet Ciseaux 3668), ff. i
(paper, later addition) + 152 + i (paper, later addition), 220 x 147
(140 x 95) mm. 25 long lines. Double vertical bounding lines, full
length (Derolez 13.31); ruled in hard point.
I-XII 10, XIII 4, XIV-XV 10, XVI 10 (-2). Catchwords with symmetrically
arranged dots and flourishes perpendicular to text between inner bounding
lines, verso (Derolez 12.5). Leaf signatures (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.) in
lower right corner, recto.
Written in a neat upright humanistic cursive by a single scribe.
Partial border, f. 1r, white vine-stem ornament on blue, green and
pink ground with white and pale yellow dots. At the terminals, gold
balls with hair-line extensions. Illuminated initial, 4-line, gold on
blue, green and red ground as above joined to the border. In lower
margin, wreathed medallion for arms (drawn with a compass), blank.
Five smaller initials, 4- and 3-line, gold on blue, green and red
rectangular grounds with white or pale yellow filigree and white dots.
Headings and colophons in red.
Binding: Italy, s. xv. Stays cut from parchment manuscripts
(text washed) inside the quires and also outside the first two.
Original sewing on three tawed skin, slit straps attached to wooden
boards. Beaded, chevron, natural, pink, and green endbands are sewn
on tawed skin cores.
Covered in dark brown calf with narrow corner tongues and blind-
tooled with two circles and corners of rope interlace in a central
panel with concentric frames, one with beaded zigzag ribbon tools
similar to those on Marston MSS 38 and 68, and gilt annular dots.
Spine: double fillets at head and tail and outlining the bands;
panels diapered with double fillets. Two fastenings, the catches
on the lower board; the straps and clasps probably later additions.
See Walters Art Gallery, Bookbinding, p. 88, no. 198.
Written in Florence in 1453 by the scribe Phylippus Corbizus who
also wrote Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 10719 (Colophons,
v. 5, no. 16,069). The scribe's name and the date appear in the
colophon (f. 121v) and the Greek letter Φ occurs at the
conclusion of all three works. Belonged to Auguste Chardin of Paris
(sale cat., Paris, 1813, no. 1212) from which it was acquired by Sir
Thomas Phillipps (no. 2814, inscription on front pastedown).
The manuscript passed from the collection of Giuseppe (Joseph)
Martini (his inscription in pencil on front pastedown) to H. P. Kraus,
who sold it to Thomas E. Marston (bookplate) in 1955.
secundo folio: singuli
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 68, no. 39.
The Medieval Book, p. 35, no. 36, with pl. of f. 121v.
Barbara A. Shailor