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 Gordan MS 110 Italy, 1465

Pseudo-Marcus Tullius Cicero / Rhetorica ad herennium

1. ff. 1r-56r Inc: Etsi negociis familiaribus impediti uix satis ocium studio suppeditare possimus.

Expl.: Ergo amplius in arte rhetorica nihil est. Haec omnia adipiscemur si rationes preceptionis diligentia consequemur et exercitatione. Deo Gratias amen. [Colophon:] Opus istud rhetoricorum novorum M. T. Ciceronis consumatum fuit in nimbro [sic] per me Jacobum M. Johannis de Maffeis de Zonio die xxi nouembris. Anno domini nostri millesimoquadragintesimo sexagesimo quinto. Indictione tercia decima. laus deo.

Cicero, De ratione dicendi ad C. Herennium, missing text from Book 4. Text breaks off at bottom of f. 46v: Quibus liberi sunt statuite exemplum quante pene sint in ciuitate hominibus huiusmodi conparate//, and resumes at the top of f. 48r: haec exornatio cui licentiae nomen est sicuti demonstrauimus duplici ratione tractabitur. . . The text breaks off again at the bottom of f. 48v: [D]ivisio est que rem semouens a re utramque absoluit ratione subiecta hoc modo. Cur//, and resumes on 50r with: acrimonia tum in alio atque alio genere. . .; F. Marx, ed. (Leipzig, 1923); reissued with addenda by W. Trillitzsch (Leipzig, 1964) fasc. 1.

2. ff. 56r Diagram outlining a classification of legal argumentation: “Omnis Controuersia Iuridicialis.” f. 56v ruled but blank.

Paper with parchment for outer bifolia in quires I-IV (watermarks similar to Briquet Cercle 3039-3051), ff. iii (modern paper) + 54 + iii (modern paper), 208 x 144 (149 x 89), contemporary foliation, ff. 47 and 49 have been removed. Written in 33 lines, ruled with single vertical bounding lines full length in ink (Derolez 13.11).

I10, II-III12, IV14 (-13), V8 (-1). Horizontal catchwords in center of lower margin (Derolez 12.1), verso.

Written by a single scribe in a hybrida script below the top line. Extensive marginal notations periodically throughout the text in ink, in multiple hands.

Space has been left for an 8-line initial at the beginning of each book. These spaces are either unfilled or filled by a 1-line initial in the same ink as the text; additionally 2 lines have been left unfilled for headings at the top of each book. Many spaces for 2-line initials remain empty throughout the text. Paragraph marks are in red, initial strokes in yellow. Guide letters for decorator visible throughout.

Binding: 18th century burninshed calf with gold; on spine in gold: CICERONIS RHETORICA MS IN MEMB: SEC: XIV. Paper label taped to spine: “Ms # 110. Spine cracked.

Written in Italy in 1465. Early provenance unknown. On folio iir in ink: “Ciceronis Rhetorica. MS in Membranis. Sec. XV. (Sec: XIV. error Compact:) H. Drury, Harrow. C. ¶. 3. desunt folia 47.49.” Belonged to Henry Ellis Allen, c. 1800; his bookplate: “Henrici Alani” and small label in ink: “50” on inside cover. Probably in Samuel Allen’s sale (Sotheby’s 30 January 1920). Unidentified catalogue entry taped to f. iv. In the library of Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: in controuersia

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 404, no. 110.

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