St John's College MS. 81
Ed. Kazimierz F Kumaniecki, M. Tvlli Ciceronis scripta, fasc. 3 (Leipzig, 1969). Eleven blank lines separate the two texts. The scribe recognized that his copy of text 2 was incomplete at the head and left a blank space to signal this fact; he remained unaware of precisely how much was missing there.
ed. Rolf Westman, M. Tvlli Ciceronis scripta, fasc. 5 (Leipzig, 1980) beginning at 26.91.1 (27). Fol. 28v is blank. The scribe signalled many topics in the margin, annotation extended by later notes in both the upper and lower margins by various hands of ss. xiv and xv.
In double columns, each column 210–220 × 70–75 mm. , with 12 mm. between columns, in 50 lines to the column. Prickings on the final few leaves; bounded and ruled in black and brown ink.
Written in gothic textura semiquadrata, with exaggerated anglicana descenders in the bottom lines, not the usual topline ascenders. Punctuated by point (some adjusted to punctus elevatus), virgula, and punctus elevatus, with a good many later adjustments.
An unflourished blue 3-line lombard at the head of item 1.
Elsewhere rubrics unfilled.
Dark brown leather over millboards, with a plain gold fillet, s. xvii. Sewn on three thongs. ‘81’ in black ink in a paper lozenge pasted to the top of the spine. Modern paper pastedowns, a College bookplate on the front one. At both the front and rear, two modern paper flyleaves; the two leaves at the rear (iii – iv) are still joined at the head.
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Zach Pearce, S. T. P Decan Winton in Praefatione suae Editionis hujus Libri Ciceroniani de Oratore hunc MStum sic laudat’, with quotation (fol. i, s. xviii).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-11: First online publication