|Creator:||Cicero, Marcus Tullius|
[between 1425 and 1450]
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Watermarks: similar in design to Piccard Schere III.918-19.
Script: Written in poorly formed humanistic script with some gothic and cursive elements, perhaps by more than one scribe, above top line.
Decoration, all of poor quality, executed by several contemporary hands. On f. 1r, black penwork initial with floral design in center, on square pale red-orange ground, outlined in black; large rectangular frame, in black, connects initial to unidentified arms (or a castle [tower?] proper surrounded by vine, in chief azure [with label of cadency of 4 points argent?] with charge [stars or crosses?] argent) in lower margin. On f. 26r, angular scroll, green with pale red and orange trim, unfurls to form the letter A, 5-line, with an arrow shot through the two shafts to serve as crossbar; green foliage sprouting above. Initials, 5- to 2-line, of similar scroll design for each paradoxon. Rubric on f. 1r in a different hand from those in rest of manuscript. Many elegant pointing hands with fancy cuffs in margins.
Binding: Nineteenth century, Italy. Quarter bound in vellum with blue, red, and yellow woodblock paste-paper sides. Traces of inscription on fore-edge (contemporary?) and on vellum strip.
Purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd. in 1954 by L. C. Witten, who sold it in 1956 to Thomas E. Marston.
Manuscript on paper of 1) Cicero, De amicitia. 2) Cicero, Paradoxa Stoicorum.
ff. i + 39 + i : paper ; 217 x 147 (128 x 87) mm.
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