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Gordan MS 2 Italy, s. XVmed

Marcus Tullius Cicero / Pro archia, etc.

1. ff. 1r-11r [Title in upper right margin:] Marcus Tullius Cicero oratio pro Archia poeta.

Inc.: [S]i quid est in me ingenii Judices quod sentio quam sit exiguum aut si qua exercitatio dicendi, in qua me non inficior mediocritor esse versatum.

Expl.: Ea Judices a vobis spero esse in bonam partem accepta ab eo qui iudicium exercet certe scio. Telws. f. 11v blank.

Cicero, Pro Archia poeta; P Reis, ed., Teubner fasc. 19 (Leipzig, 1963) 43-57.

2. ff. 12r-19v [Title:] Marcus Tullius Cicero oratio pro Deotaro rege [crossed out and added in a different hand: Marco Marcello] ad senatum habita.

Inc.: Diuturni silentii patres conscripti quo eram his temporibus vsus non timore aliquo. . .

Expl.: quod fieri iam posse non arbitrabar magnum hoc tuo facto cumulus accesserit. Finis.

Cicero, Pro M. Marcello; A. Klotz, ed., Teubner v. 8 (Leipzig, 1918) 69-81.

3. f. 20r [Title in upper right margin:] Pro Q. Ligario

[Text:] [N]ouum crimen C. Caesar et ante hunc diem inauditum propinqus meus ad te Quintus Tubero detulit. Quintus Ligarium in Affrica fuisse. . . Sed quoniam diligentia inimici inuestigatum est id quod latebat confitendum est, ut opinor.

Text breaks off after first 10 lines of the Pro Ligario, f. 21v blank.

ff. 21r-28v [Note in margin in place of title:] Incipit a duobus ualidissimis suarum causarum adiumentis omisso exordio quia non fuerat gratum Caesarianis auribus.

Inc.: Nouum crimen C. Caesar, et ante hunc diem inauditum propinqus meus ad te Quintus Tubero detulit Quintus ligarium in Affrica fuisse.

Expl.: Quare cum utilius esse arbitrarer te ipsum quam aut me aut quenquam loqui tecum finem iam faciam, tantum de se primum admonebo, si illi absenti salutem dederis presentibus his omnibus te daturum.

Cicero, Pro Q. Ligario; A. Klotz, ed., Teubner v. 8 (Leipzig, 1918) 84-100.

4. ff. 29r-30v [Title in upper right margin:] Invectiva Salustii contra Ciceronem

Inc.: [G]rauiter et iniquo animo maledicta tua paterer Marci Tulli si te scirem iudicio magis quam morbo animi petulantia ista uti.

Expl.: Aliud stans, aliud sedens sentis de re publica his maledicis illos odisti leuissime transfuga neque in hac neque in illa parte fidem habens.

f. 31r-v blank.

Pseudo-Sallust, Sallustii in Ciceronem et Invicem Invectivae; A. Kurfess, ed. (Leipzig, 1918) 1-8.

5. ff. 32r-45r [Title:] Marcus Tullius Cicero Opusculum vel epistola de regimine proconsulatus ad Quintum fratrem incipit

Inc.: Etsi non dubitabam quin hanc epistolam multi nuncii fama denique esset ipsa sua celeritate superatura tuque ante ab aliis auditurus esses annum tercium accesisse desiderio nostro et labori tuo. . .

Expl.: Reliquum est ut te orem, ut ualetudini tuae, si me et omnis tuos ualere uis diligentissime seruias. Finis. f. 45v blank.

Cicero, Epistola 1, Epistulae ad Quintum Fratrem; D. R. Shackleton Bailey, ed. (Stuttgart, 1988) 3-21.

Paper (Watermarks: similar to Briquet Cercle 3099 and Briquet Tête de boeuf 14766; unidentified mountain), ff. ii (modern paper) + iii (contemporary paper) + 45 + i (contemporary paper) + xvii ( modern paper), 213 x 151 (113 x 68) mm., modern foliation, written in 25 lines (articles 1, 2, and 5) or 27 lines (articles 3 and 4), ruled with very faint double vertical and horizontal bounding lines in hardpoint (Derolez 13.36). No signs of pricking.

I8 (+ f. i), II14, III10, IV-V8. One catchword on f. 38v centered below text in lower margin.

Written by several scribes in a humanistic cursive above the top line.

On ff. 12r and 32r, crudely drawn 2-line brown ink initials begin the text; other articles begin with spaces for initials left unfilled; guide letters to decorator visible.

Binding: Paris, 19th century gold-tooled red morocco bound by the younger Heritier around the 1840’s. On spine in gold: “CICERO./ ORATION./ MS.” In small letters along lower edge of spine: “HERITIER J.”

Written in Italy in the middle of the fifteenth century. Early provenance unknown. Sale of a deceased nobleman (by Sotheby, 16 Feb. 1931, catalogue entry pasted inside front cover) to Cullum. Owned by Howard L. Goodhart, and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (2 bookplates) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: tractata

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1675, no. 2.

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