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Heroides, 1450 - 1499

Identifier: Gordan MS 7


ff. 1r-69v [Title:] publii ouidii nasonis epistolarum erodium liber primus penelope ulissi

Inc: Hanc tua penelope lento tibi mitit ulixe./ Nil me rescribas at tamen ipse ueni.

Expl.: Ut ualeant, alie ferrum patiuntur et ignes./ Fert aliis tristem sucus amarus opem.// f. 70 ruled but blank.

Ovid, Heroides 1-20, text breaks off at 20.186; the final 58 lines of 20, and all of 21 are lacking; H. Dörrie, ed., P. Ovidii Nasonis Epistulae heroidum (Berlin, 1971).


  • 1450 - 1499


1 Volumes



Custodial History

Written in Italy in the last half of the fifteenth century. Early ownership inscription on f. i recto: “hic liber est Petrii Albertii” refers (according to Libri) to the Alberti family of Florence; G. Libri sale (London, 28 March 1859, n. 752) to Quarich for Sir T. Phillipps (n. 16362 on spine and on f. i verso); his sale (London, 1903, n. 865) to Bolton [possibly resold in a later Phillipps sale (London, 1911, n. 781) to Breslaur?]; on inside of front cover a catalogue description from Maggs, Cat. 542 (1930), n. 161. On f. i recto: “Census 1677 no. 7”. On rear parchment flyleaf recto: “GD” and “400”; on verso: “1054”. In the library of Howard L. Gordan (bookplate).


  1. Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D.

Other related names

  1. Alberti family, Florence, former owners
  2. Guglielmo Libri, former owner
  3. Quaritch, bookseller
  4. Philipps, Sir Thomas, former owner
  5. Bolton, bookseller
  6. Maggs Bros. Ltd., bookseller
  7. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  8. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor
  9. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, owner
  10. Gordan, John Dozier Jr., owner

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Physical Description

Headings in red in a slightly later hand up to f. 20r, and page numbers in red to f. 40r. Marginal notations, in ink, in a fifteenth century hand; letters numbered and a few notes, in lead, in a modern hand.

Paper support (watermarks: ff.1-50 Briquet Lettre R 8941; ff. 51-i Briquet Etoile 6062), ff. i (parchment) + 70 + i (parchment).

Original, half bound in brown calf over oak boards with two leaf-shaped catches on the lower board, and two red leather straps set into upper board. Boards have some worm damage and upper right corner of top board chipped. On panel on upper spine: “P. Ovidi/ Nasi/ Epistoli/ MS”; on paper labels on lower spine: “Ms #7” and “PHILLIPPS MS./ 16362”.

290 x 216 (175 x 105) mm

Written in 25 lines, ruled with double vertical bounding lines full length in hardpoint (Derolez 13.31).

Humanistic script, written by a single scribe.

Spaces for initials left open except for f. 1 where the text begins with a crude 4-line initial in black ink.

From ff. 1-40 nearly contemporary foliation, modern foliation from ff. 41-69.

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