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

MS. Rawl. G. 30

Summary Catalogue no.: 14762


Ps-Cicero, De arte rhetorica ad Herennium
Rubric: Marci Tulij Ciceronis Rethoricorum liber primus incipit

Ends, with some leaves having been lost, in 4.56: 'cognatio facit. Cęttera phy...'

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 83 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.25 × 5 in.


A leaf bearing an illumination has been lost (after fol. 10) since Thomas Rawlinson foliated the book.


Humanistic script


Close in style to Rome, Bibl. Rossiana MS. 555 (former IX. 245, Tietze 217), Mantua, 1436. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 795, Pl. LXXIV):

Fine historiated border

Fine historiated initials (fols 1, 32, 47)

Fine other initials


Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; Italy, North-east

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms (repainted?) partly erased, fol. 1: sable a lion rampant gules (?)

No. 196 in the Thomas Rawlinson sale, 4 March 1733/1734

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1755

Record Sources

Description adapted (November 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1895). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-11-29: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1895)