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MS. Lat. class. e. 42

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


1. (fol. 1)
Cicero, De amicitia

Between fols.13v and 14 one of two leaves added to the second quire has disappeared, leaving a gap in the text of the De amicitia between 9.32.14 and 10.35.15.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 40)
Cicero, De senectute

Preceded by short introduction, incomplete, fol. 35v.

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 79)
Cicero, Paradoxa

Preceded by short introduction, fol. 78v. Paradoxa 5 begins at fol.89 and ends incomplete ‘L.Crassi copiosa’ (3.41) at fol.92. Fol.92v is blank, and on fol.93 another hand begins the piece again and completes it.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: michi res
Form: codex
Support: paper, no watermark
Extent: i (parchment) + 107 + i (parchment) (101–108 blank)
Dimensions (leaf): 190 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written): 125 × 70 mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: i, 1–108


1(12), 2(10)+ 1 added at the beginning, 3(12), 4(4), 5(12)–7(12), 8(16), 9(16) Catchwords.


21–22 long lines, below top line as far as fol. 59r, thereafer above top line


Several humanist hands


Sewn on two broad split tanned straps and bound in 19th(?)-cent polished dark brown blind-tooled leather with over wood boards in imiation of older bindings, each cover with a gilt nude female figure; the spine letered in gilt 'CICERO | M.S.'


Origin: 15th century ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Inscribed, 18th(?)-cent. 'No. 32.' (fol. 1r).

Lord Vernon of Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire, his sale, Sotheby's 10 June 1918 and two following days, lot 140, bought by Stewart Cr(???), for £1

Bought, 1957

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.