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- De senectute
- Cicero, Marcus Tullius
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Manuscript on parchment of M. Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Cato Maior de senectute, with a List of the Seven Wise Men of Greece.
Binding: original Italian, repaired: brown leather over thin wooden boards, the covers blind-tooled and decorated with numerous small gold dots. Marks of two clasps; on the spine, now detached and kept separately, a gold-tooled reddish brown title label (17th century?) with the inscription “STR // DE // SEN”. Gilded edges.
Pink headings. The names of the interlocutors and the colophon on f. 48r are written in pink Capitals. The first line of the various sections following the dentelle initial is written in alternately pink and black Capitals, except on f. 2r, where it is written in gold Capitals. The illuminated opening folio before f. 1 has been cut out. The smaller sections open with a pink Capital placed between the double bounding lines. 2-line Renaissance dentelle initials in gold on a divided and indented red and blue background, decorated with silvery penwork, at the beginning of the major subdivisions of the text.
R.G. Babcock, T.N. Thomas, D.M. Kibbey, E.P. Archibald, A Book of Her Own. An Exhibition of Manuscripts and Printed Books in the Yale University Library that were Owned by Women before 1700 (New Haven, 2005), p. 66.
Record created by Beinecke staff from catalog description by Albert Derolez.
Script: copied by Giovanmarco Cinico from Parma in Humanistica Textualis Formata. This famous scribe was active in Naples from ca. 1458 to ca. 1498.
Written for the young Beatrice of Aragon (1457-1508), daughter of Ferrand of Aragon, King of Naples and future Queen of Hungary. Purchased 1994 from Bernard Quaritch (?) on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund.
- ff. ii + 48 + i : parchment ; 165 x 120 mm.
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- Beinecke MS 805
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Manuscripts, Medieval--Italy--15th century
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- Archives or Manuscripts
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- Cicero, Marcus Tullius
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Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
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- Cicero, De Senectute. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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