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MS. Lat. class. d. 36

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Commentary on Ps.-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium


Incipit: Plena et perfecta locutio triplici comparatur adminiculo
(fol. 1va)

Bk. I

Incipit: Etsi in negociis etc. More aliorum auctorum premittit autor
(fol. 23v)

Bk. II

(fol. 47r)


(fol. 67r)

Bk. IV

Explicit: ipse et hospite sui sedent

Another copy of this commentary, written in 1342, was lot 30 in Sotheby's sale (below).

Language(s): Latin
(fols. iii-iv) (front flyleaves)

Texts of Italian conciliar constitutions, written in the 13th cent. Those on fol.iii are much damaged. On fol.iv are decrees of a council of 1223 presided over by Angelus, patriarch of Grado .

(fol. 96) (end flyleaf)

Legal (?) text, washed off.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ad hoc
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (modern paper) + 96 + ii (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 205 × 135–40 mm.
Foliation: the main text foliated in 18th-cent. Italian ink, 1–95, the remaining leaves foliated in modern pencil, i-iv, 96–98; fols. 1–17 also with the remains of a 16th(?)-cent. ink foliation in arabic numerals


1(10)–9(10), 10(6)


2 cols., 44–52 lines (mainly unruled), below top line. Only fol. 1 rubricated.


Rounded Italian gothic


Italian plain parchment cased-binding with slightly yapped fore-edges; the spine lettered in gilt in 'black-letter' type 'Commentaria | in | Rhetorica | Ciceronis', and, at the bottom 'Mss. XIV S.'


Origin: 14th century ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought by Baron C. A. de Cosson in Italy (1876) with four other manuscripts (lots 29–30, 32–33 in Sotheby's Sale, March 27, 1950), of which one (lot 33) certainly belonged to the Dominican convent of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice .

Sotheby's 27 March 1950 (above), lot 31. Bought.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.