Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 441 (V.5.11)
Title: Epistvlae ad Familiares
Images: [ MS Hunter 441 fol. 1r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Marci Tvllii Ciceronis, Epistvlae ad Familiares.
Cicero's Epistles to his Friends:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-3): . M . T . CICERONIS . EPISTOLARVM . LIBER . PRI | MVS . INCIPIT . AD . LENTVLVM . [gilt capitals] | E [gilt illuminated initial with gestures extending in a floreated border round the page. See Remarks] GO OMNI OFFITIO AC POTIVS Pieta = Ed. A.S. Wesenberg, i. p. 1.
Ends (20, 2 recto lines 22, 23): si te ueniens in medio foro uidero dissaniabor Vale . | . Finis. = Ed. A.S. Wesenberg, i. p. 555.
Remarks: The floreated border on 1, 1 recto is exactly like that in U.1.2. The floral tracery is left white on an ultramarine ground, many interstices being filled in, however, with green and pink, both studded with minute silver points in threes, and is pierced with an arabesque design, gilt, which contains, in the right margin, a vignette of an ecclesiastic in crimson sleeved mantle and purple ermine trimmed cope presenting a green-bound volume, held open in both hands, towards the left, and in the bottom margin an elaborately framed medallion supported by amoretti, and containing an oval shield, probably left blank by the artist, but not bearing the traces of what appears to be a cross argent (? Cross of Savoy), faintly drawn in ink. The border is further enriched by butterflies, birds (crested kingfishers), and amoretti.
On 5, 2 recto at the end of Book IV. is this rubricated note: hic locus duabus caret epistolis: quas si trite perquires apud | ultimi libri finem inuenies. The two epistles (IV. xiv. and xv.) occupy 20, 2 verso, line 1-20, 3 recto, line 18. = Ed. A.S. Wesenberg, pp. 116-118.
[Formerly Q.3.5; Q.3.38].
Cicero. Ad familiares. Glasgow University, Hunterian Library, MS. 441 (V.5.11) Parchment. 193 ff., 255 x 165 mm. Italy (?Florence), s. xv2. Cicero's Letters to his friends, written in a cursive humanistic script. The first folio has a border of interlaced white vine tendrils with putti, birds, a portrait medallion, etc. Arms in the lower margin have been erased. The decoration is close to that of Bodleian MS. Digby 231, in which Dr Otto Pächt sees similarities to the work of Francesco d'Antonio del Cherico, a Florentine artist mentioned from 1463 to 1485. References. Young & Aitken, p. 364. Italian illuminated manuscripts from 1400 to 1500. Catalogue of an exhibition held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1948, no. 80. (Dublin catalogue, 1964.)
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 10 1/8 x 6½, ff. 193, originally ff. 194, beautifully written in Italy, in single cols. of 30 lines, each 6 5/8 x 3½, no signatures or foliation, catchwords, vertical, margined and ruled with bodkin, first page floreated, gilt illuminated initials with gestures, blue initials, rubrics, running titles, mostly cropped, Greek quotations rubricated, few marginalia, clean and well preserved, though much cropped, fol. sec. et iniqua. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson, faded to brown, grained Russia, gilt-tooled inside margins and edges (oblique milling), sides and panelled back, saffron edges, title (gilt) on dark green morocco shield: CICERONIS | EPISTOLAE. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 364.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Letter
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'Treasures of Scottish Libraries', National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961; 'Trésors des Bibliothèques d'Ecosse', Brussels, 1963; 'Treasures from Scottish libraries', Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1964; 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989; 'The Magic of the Middle Ages, Part 2: Secular Manuscripts', Glasgow University Library, Sep.-Dec. 1995.
Bibliography: National Library of Scotland, Treasures of Scottish libraries: catalogue (Edinburgh, 1961), xi, 1; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 81; Treasures from Scottish libraries: catalogue of an exhibition held in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin (Edinburgh, 1964), no. 56; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 364.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
exhibition: Magic of the Middle Ages 1994-1995
Exhibition: The Magic of the Middle Ages: Manuscript Treasures of Glasgow University Library. Part 1: Sacred Manuscripts, Glasgow University Library, 21 April-30 …
exhibition: Treasures from Scottish Libraries 1964
Exhibition, Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1964.
exhibition: Treasures of Scottish Libraries 1961
Exhibition, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961.
exhibition: Trésors des Bibliothèques d'Ecosse 1963
Exhibition, Brussels, 1963.
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