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De officiis, 1400 - 1425

Identifier: Gordan MS 108


Table of contents: Marci Tulii Ciceronis eloquentissimi officiorum. Liber primus Incipit feliciter; Meditationes ad Ipsum. . .; World chronicle written the same hand as article 2.


  • Creation: 1400 - 1425


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Written in Northern Italy or Southern Germany in the early 15th century. Early provenance unknown. On f. 84v “Vale”, “Maria” and a large initial “I” are written below the text in an almost contemporary hand. Bought by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate) from Maggs 5 May 1950.


  1. Cicero, Marcus Tullius

Other related names

  1. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  2. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor
  3. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, owner
  4. 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

Parchment support (s. xv palimpsest from many different manuscripts including some that have been previously folded, are interleaved with poor quality unused parchment), ff. iii (modern paper) + 84 + iii (modern paper).

20th c. parchment. On spine in gold: “CICERO/ DE/ OFFICIIS/ 15TH. CENTURY” also, in ink on small label: “Ms. #/ 108."

195 x 133 (140 x 80) mm.

29 lines, ruled in ink with single vertical bounding lines in ink (Derolez 13.11). Remains of pricking in top and bottom margins.

Humanistic script, written by a single scribe; interlinear notes and corrections in several hands. Articles 2 and 3 written in a poor quality and badly faded semi-gothic cursive on the rulings for article one.

On f. 1r and f. 35v 4-line red initials on a penwork ground with modest vinestem and berry extensions begin Books One and Two. On f. 56v Book Three has space for similar initial, but a smaller letter “P” has been added with paint and partially worn away. 2- to 4-line red initials in margins throughout; headings and paragraph markers in red. Some guide letters for decorator visible.

Modern foliation.

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