A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Auct. F. 1. 12

Summary Catalogue no.: 2497

Cicero, Opera philosophica; Italy (Florence), 1459


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
De officiis
2. (fol. 44)
De senectute
3. (fol. 55)
De amicitia
4. (fol. 67)
De paradoxis
5. (fol. 72v)
De somnio Scipionis
6. (fol. 75v)
Tusculanae quaestiones
8. (fol. 194v)
9. (fol. 199)
De natura deorum
10. (fol. 246)
De divinatione
11. (fol. 281v)
De fato
12. (fol. 287v)
De legibus
13. (fol. 310v)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 317 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 375 × 255 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 155 mm.


1 col., 36 lines


Humanistic script attributable to Dominicus Cassii de Narnia .


Pächt and Alexander ii. 268, pl. XXIV:

Good historiated border (illuminated interlace border)

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials.



Origin: 1459 ; Italian, Florence

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for the bookseller Vespasiano da Bisticii at Florence in 1459: 'Istud Volumen. scriptum et compositum fuit opera Vespasiani. Librarij Florentini. In ciuitate Florentie. de Anno 1459' (fol. v verso).

Annotations in the hand of Jean Jouffroy (d, 1473), a known client of Vespasiano.

'John Doson', late 15th century (fol. iv verso).

William Melton, chancellor of York (d. 1528): 'Iste liber constat Magistro Willelmo Melton' (fol. 317).

Presented by Sir Henry Savile in 1620.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from Watson, Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography), and the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2018-08-01: Fully revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.