BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 159 Italy, s. XV^^3/4
Cicero, De officiis, etc.
1. ff. 1r-92r Quamquam te marce fili annum iam audientem
Cratippum...Sed multo fore cariorem si talibus monumentis
praeceptisque laetabere. Finis. [Greek].
C. Atzert, ed., Teubner (1949) pp. 1-123.
2. f. 92r Silus [?] Italicus in Ciceronis laudem. Tullius
gratas raptabat in agmine turmas/...Par decus eloquio cuiquam
sperare nepotum. f. 92v miscellaneous notes
Walther, Initia 8719 (with four extra verses and rubric
Parchment, ff. iii (paper) + 92 + iii (paper), 227 x 147
(147 x 90) mm. Written in 26 long lines; single vertical
bounding lines. Ruled in hard point; some prickings along
I-VIII^^10, IX^^12. Catchwords perpendicular to text.
Written by one scribe in round humanistic script; a
second contemporary hand corrected the text and added
marginal and interlinear notes/corrections in both Latin and
Greek, as well as the poem on f. 92r. One initial (f. 1r),
a 5-line gold capital filled and
surrounded with white-vine ornament on a blue, red, and green
ground with white dots, extending into the left and top
margins (cf. Paecht and Alexander, v. 2, no. 335: Oxford,
Bod. Lib. Laud Lat. 48 [Rome? 1450]). Other initials 3-line
capitals alternating red and blue, throughout.
Binding: s. xix. Dark purple goatskin quarter case,
gold-tooled. Textured paper sides.
Written probably in the third quarter of the 15th
century in Northeastern Italy (we thank A. C. de la Mare for
the attribution); early ownership by a scholar familiar with
Greek. Erased inscription in lower margin of f. 1r. Belonged
to David Wagstaff (bookplate); presented to Yale by Mrs.
David Wagstaff in 1943.
secundo folio: sint in philosophia
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 1901, no. 4; Faye and Bond,
p. 36, no. 159.
Barbara A. Shailor