BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 160 Italy, s. XV^^3/4
Cicero, Tusculanae disputationes
f. 1r ruled, but blank; ff. 2r-127r M.T.C. in tusculanarum
questionum libros prefatio. Cum defentionum laboribus senatorijsque
muneribus aut omnino aut magna ex parte...Nostris quidem doloribus
varijsque undique circumfusi molestiis alia nulla poterit inueniri
leuatio. [Greek]. f. 127v ruled, but blank
M. Pohlenz, ed., Teubner (1918) pp. 217-459.
Parchment, ff. i (parchment) + 128 (numbering does not include
first leaf) + i (parchment), 200 x 138 (123 x 77) mm. Written in 24
long lines; single vertical bounding lines; ruled in ink.
I^^10 (with one leaf added at beginning), II-XII^^10, XIII^^8 (-8).
Catchwords, in lower margins, often accompanied by four flourishes.
Written by one scribe in a neat humanistic script. Marginal
notations by several later scribes, one of whom supplied running
titles, foliation, and headings.
One gold initial, 6-line, embedded in white vine on a green, blue,
pale red, and gold ground with white dots; extends into inner margin.
Many other gold initials, 7- to 5-line, on red, blue, green grounds,
with yellow and white highlights. Spaces left for rubrics that were
supplied by later hand.
Binding: s. xix. Green goatskin, gold-tooled.
Written in Italy, perhaps in either Rome or Florence, in the third
quarter of the 15th century; early provenance unknown. Belonged to the
Rev. Edward Craven Hawtrey; his sale (London, 4 July 1853, no. 537) to
Boone, who sold it to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 25368; mutilated tag on
spine, signature inside front cover). Phillipps sale (London, 1908, no.
185) to W. J. Leighton (Cat. of mss. 1912, no. 68); his sale (London,
28 Oct. 1919, no. 2103) to Maggs (Cat. 404, 1921, no. 43). Collection
of David Wagstaff (bookplate); gift of Mrs. David Wagstaff to Yale in
secundo folio: nos futuros
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 2, p. 1902, no. 5; Faye and Bond, p. 36, no.
Barbara A. Shailor