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Cato maior seu de senectute, De amicitia, De paradoxa, De officiis, etc., 1400 - 1425

Identifier: Gordan MS 4


Table of contents: Cato Maior seu de Senectute ad F. Pomponium Atticum, m. tullii ciceronis de amicitia liber incipit feliciter ad athicum, Paradoxa ad M. Brutum, Oratio Tullii pro M. Marcello, Pro Q. Ligario, Pro Rege deiotaro, Inuectiua Salustii in Ciceronem, Responsio Ciceronis in Salustium, De Officiis ad M. filium. l. 3. L. 1.


  • Creation: 1400 - 1425


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Custodial History

Written in Italy in the early 15th century. According to one of the two catalogue notes attached to inside front cover a fifteenth-century ownership note on the verso of f. 120, now scratched out, once read: “Iste liber est congregationis Sanctae Justinae Ordinis Sancti Benedicti.” Typed excerpt from letter attatched to f. i claims book was examined by the “Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.” Table of contents written in later hands on inside front cover and on f. i recto. Guglielmo Libri sale (London, 28 Mar. 1859, n. 242) to Sir T. Phillipps (n. 16285 on inside cover and f. i verso); his sale (London, 1895, n.175) to Maggs; sale by Sotheby (London, 25 July 1899, n. 1087) to Maggs; sold by G. Martini to Edward Duff Balken, Pittsburgh (bookplate with engraved date 1902); Maggs, Cat. 542 (1930) n. 122, facs. Purchased by Howard L. Goodhart.


  1. Cicero, Marcus Tullius

Other related names

  1. Congregation of the Holy Justina of the Order of Saint Benedict, former owner
  2. Libri, Gugliemo, former owner
  3. Phillips, Sir Thomas, former owner
  4. Maggs Bros. Ltd., bookseller
  5. Sotheby, dealer
  6. Martini, G., former owner
  7. Balken, Edward Duff, former owner
  8. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  9. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor
  10. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, owner
  11. Gordan, John Dozier Jr., owner

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Left by Howard Lehman Goodhart to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

Physical Description

Written by multiple scribes in humanistic bookhands of varying quality. Greek added to article 3 in a neatly executed Renaissance Greek miniscule book hand. Marginalia in several hands.

Parchment support, ff. i + 120 + i (paper),

Original oak boards covered in badly-worn, tooled black leather; with four brass bosses front and back, one missing on front, three on back; two leather straps with brass clasps, large brass flower catches; title written in ink on parchment under a partly missing brass frame on back board. Spine rebound calf, stamped in gold: CICERO’S/ CATO/ MAJOR/ &C.; on paper panel at bottom: “ms # 4”.

272 x 182 (196 x 109) mm.

ff. 1-110: 30 long lines; ff. 111-120: 24 long lines; all with double vertical and single horizontal bounding lines full length (Derolez 13.33). ff. 1-40 ruled in red ink; ff. 41-120 ruled in hardpoint. Prickings in margins in quires VI-X.

Humanistic and Renaissance Greek scripts, written by several scribes

Folios 85v and 99v have 3-line gold initials on a bright-red and olive-green rectangular ground with parchment and ink vinestems; on f. 99v the initial extends along inner margin another 3 lines. On ff. 61v and 63r similar initials are bright yellow rather than gold, extentions on f. 63r similar to those on f. 99v. Many other 3- and 2-line initials alternating red and blue throughout entire text. Title on f. 99v in red.

Contemporary foliation.

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