De finibus, etc.

Alcinous, fl. 2nd cent
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Marsuppini, Carlo, 1398-1453
Rome; Padua (?),
1460; [between 1450 and 1500]
Physical Description:
ff. i + 90 + 157 + i : paper and parchment ; 250 x 177 mm.
Watermarks: Briquet Ciseaux 3668.
Script: Part I (ff. 1-90): Copied by two scribes. Scribe 1, ff. 1r-38v, writes in a well formed round humanistic script, below top line and sometimes not using the final line ruled for text. Scribe 2, ff. 38r-90r, is Stefano Guarnieri, who writes in a smaller and less calligraphic humanistic script with cursive features, below top line. Part II (ff. 91-157): Copied by Scribe 2 of Part I: arts. 2-6 in italic, above top line; art. 7 added later, disregards bounding lines of written space.
Part I: 5 illuminated initials, 6- to 4-line, yellow and ochre on blue, green and deep red ground with white vine-stem ornament, sometimes extending into the margins to form partial borders. Headings in red majuscules written by Scribe 2. Part II: 4 illuminated initials, 6-line, dark yellow on irregular grounds of blue, green and pink with white vine-stem ornament, shaded with grey; white dots on blue, pale yellow on green and blue on pink. Headings in red.
Binding: Nineteenth century, Italy. Brick red goatskin, blind-tooled. Bound in the same bindery for the Guarnieri-Balleani library (Iesi) as MS 450 and Marston MSS 86, 212, 181, 182, with the first three probably by the same binder. Title, in ink, on tail edge: "C. DE. FI. BO. ET MA".
Manuscript in two parts. Part 1 (parchment): Cicero, De finibus bonorum et malorum. Part II (paper): 2) Carlo Aretino Marsuppini, Oratio ad Cosimum et Laurentium de Medicis de matris obitu. 3) Bernardo Giustiniani, Oratio funebris habita in obitu Francesco Foscari Ducis (d. 1457). 4) Epitaph of Francesco Foscari, Doge of Venice (d. 1457). 5) 7-line account, in prose, summarising the accomplishments and life of Francesco Foscari. 6) Alcinous, Epitoma disciplinarum Platonis, translated into Latin by Pietro Balbi. 7) Bernardo Giustiniani, Oratio apud Sixtum IV Pontificem Maximum habita, delivered at Rome in December 1471.
Associated Names:
Alcinous, fl. 2nd cent [Author]
Cicero, Marcus Tullius [Author]
Ethics, Ancient
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Latin essays
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
Speeches, addresses, etc., Latin (Medieval and modern)
Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De finibus bonorum et malorum
Foscari, Francesco,--1373-1457
Guarnieri, Stefano --Manuscripts
Hand coloring
Inhabited initials
Mixed Material
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
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Call Number:
Marston MS 72
Orbis Record:
Orbis Barcode:
Yale Collection:
Beinecke Library
Digital Collection:
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
oid pointer:
Shailor, B. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Marston MS 72.
Cicero, De Finibus, etc. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Extent of digitization:
Complete work digitized.

Number of Pages: 324
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