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MS. Lat. class. d. 37

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

Cicero; Italy (partly Florence), early 15th century


Rhetorical works of Cicero, a manuscript of the family of 'codices mutili'

Language(s): Latin

Cicero, De oratore
(fol. 1)

II 84.343 ([benefi]cio posite) to end

(fol. 4)
Rubric: Liber secundus incipit

i.e. III 1.1–5.17, 28.110 to end

2. (fols. 19v-34)
Cicero, Orator,

26.91 (Tertium quod restat huius partitionis) - 57.191 (Spondeum et trocheum), 69.231 (quo enim perversetur genere numerorum) to end.

Final rubric: Marci Tullii Ciceronis viri doctissimi ac eloquentissimi de oratore liber explicit
Colophon: Anno M. CCCC XIIo. ydibus ianuariis Florentie
3. (fols. 34v-37)
Cicero, De optimo genere oratorum
Rubric: M. T. C. de optimo genere oratorum. Ulterius que sequantur non repperi, sic ceteri.

There are many side notes in a contemporary humanist hand.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 38–69v)
Cicero, De oratore

In a rather later hand. Supplements to the text of De oratore, supplying the parts which came to light at Lodi in 1421, comprising:

(fol. 38)

I 28.128 – 34.157, 43.194 to end.

(fol. 49)

II 1.1 – 16.69 (tradantur), 60.245 (in quos nolis) - 71.287 (nichil credere). At the beginning of this supplement (fol. 56) there is a marginal note ‘Istud usque ad tale signum T est iam in veteri parte libri’.

(fol. 60v)

III 5.17 – 28.110.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: [missing]
Form: codex
Support: parchment, white and of good quality (foll.1–37)
Extent: i (modern paper) + 69 + i (modern paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 85 mm.
Foliation: the parchent leaves foliated in 18th-cent. ink: 1–69, omitting a leaf after fol. 12; the unfoliated leaf, flyleaves, and lower pastedown foliated in modern pencil: i, 12b, 70–71


1(8) (wants 1 and 2), 2(8) – 5(8), 6(12), 7(12), 8(8), catchwords


39 and 40 long lines


Humanist script, three main hands, fols. 1–37 of the style of Poggio


Fine early humanist initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 210, pl. XIX)

Initials in early humanist style, yellow on red, blue, green and pink grounds with white vine interlace.


18th(?)-cent. Italian plain parchment cased-binding with two pairs of fore-edge ties; using a fragment of a 13th-cent. leaf of a glossed Decreatals MS as a spine-lining; the spine inscribed 'M T CI | CERO | AD QM | ET ALIA | 16. | M.'

Accompanying Material

The back strip is part of a leaf of the Decretals, glossed, 13th century.


Origin: 1413 (fols. 1r-34r: finished at Florence 13th January 1412 (Florentine style)); after 1421 (fols. 38r-69v) ; Italian (fols. 1r-34r, Florence)

Provenance and Acquisition

18th-century notes: ‘M. T. C. 2’ (fol. 1r) & ‘M. T. CI/ CERO/ AD Q.M / ET ALIA / 16./M.’ (spine)

Bought at Sotheby's, 6 Dec. 1954, lot 23.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.