Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Leaf from Cicero, De finibus bonorum et malorum, and other philosophical works

Sold for £950

Est: £800–1200

Leaf from Cicero, De finibus bonorum et malorum, and other philosophical works , in Latin, fine humanist manuscript on parchment [Italy (possibly Ferrara) parent manuscript dated 1463]

Single leaf, with single column of 28 lines of an accomplished humanist hand (written space: 156 by 98mm.), modern folio no. ‘20’ twice on reverse, small spots, else outstanding condition, 253 by 175mm.; in Otto Ege’s card mount with his printed description taped to front and his pencil notes (where he dates the parent codex there to ‘1465’)

The parent manuscript was part of the vast collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872); his MS. 4548, sold in Sotheby’s, 17 May 1897, lot 198, and later acquired by C.L. Ricketts when still in its “original oak binding” (De Ricci, Census , I, p. 651, no. 220). It had passed to Otto Ege by 1948, when he is recorded offering leaves of it. It was no. 143 of his Handlist (see S. Gwara, Otto Ege’s Manuscripts , 2013, pp. 122-3 for lists of known leaves as well as catalogue references).

The text is one of Cicero’s fundamental philosophical works, written to expound Greek philosophy, in the years of seclusion and sorrowful contemplation after the death of his beloved daughter Tullia in 45 BC. The leaf here contains part of book II, on Epicureanism.

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