BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 158 Italy, ca. 1450-60
Cicero, De officiis
ff. 1r-95r M. T. C. De officiis liber primus incipit.
Quamquam te marce fili annum iam audientem...Karissimum sed
multo fore cariorem si talibus ornamentis preceptisque
letabere. Deo gratias Amen. Explicit. Finis. f. 95v blank
C. Atzert, ed., Teubner (1949) pp. 1-123.
Parchment, ff. ii (parchment) + 95 + ii (parchment), 230
x 150 (148 x 88) mm. Written in 26 long lines; single vertical
bounding lines; ruled in ink.
I-IX^^10, X^^6 (-6). Catchwords perpendicular to text
along inner bounding line.
Written by one scribe in a neat humanistic script.
One initial (f. 1r), 5-line, filled and surrounded by
white-vine ornament on a blue, green, and pink ground, with
white dots, extending into left and upper margins; gold balls
and hair-sprays. In lower margin, an unidentified coat of
arms (or, a chief argent with a rose [?] vert), set within a
wreath supported by two putti seated on white-vine ornament,
as above. Smaller initials, 2-line, in blue, throughout text
(guide-letters for illuminator for each initial in brown ink,
in margins). Cf. Paecht and Alexander, v. 2, no. 294: Oxford,
Bod. Lib. D'Orville 161 (Florence, s. XV^^3/4).
Binding: s. xix. Brown goatskin, blind-tooled, by
Written in Florence ca. 1450-60 (we thank A. C. de la
Mare for establishing the date); early provenance unknown
(unidentified coat of arms on f. 1r). Belonged to Henri
Leclerc (Paris, ca. 1900; stamp inside front cover; not in
his sale catalogue). Acquired by David Wagstaff (bookplate);
his inscription inside front cover: "Said to be written on
woman's skin" is apparently based upon a note in the library
files by "J. G." written in French (19th century) which
asserts that the skins of young innocent women were much
prized for their fine quality. Presented to Yale in 1943 by
Mrs. David Wagstaff.
secundo folio: multa uero
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 1901, no. 3; Faye and Bond,
p. 36, no. 158.
Barbara A. Shailor