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Letters of Cicero, written in the 15th century in Italy

MS. Add. C. 139
Held at the Weston Library

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Letters of Cicero:

  1. (fol. 2). To Brutus (book i) 18 letters. The rubric, the only one in the volume, is 'M. T. Ciceronis ad Acticum Epistolarum liber primus incipit. Lege feliciter.'.
  2. 2 (fol. 16v). To Quintus his brother (three books): with some disturbance of the order in book 2.
  3. (fol. 50). To Octavius, the letter ascribed to Cicero.
  4. (fol. 53). To Atticus (the 16 books).
  5. (fol. 276v). A letter from Plutarch to Trajan, beg. 'Modestiam tuam noueram', followed by two pieces, added in a rather later hand, (1) a short account of Cornelia, the mother of the Gracchi, and (2) a supposed letter from her to Gaius Gracchus beg. 'Verbis conceptis').

Some of the Greek words have been filled in, and some marginal notes added


  • Creation: written in the 15th century in Italy


279 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Add. C. 139

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 24711.

Custodial History

A late 17th cent. slip pasted on fol. 1v states that Paulus Manutius owned the book.

On fol. 1 'Ex libris MSS... Baptiste Pinellj fer[entini?] sacre theologie professoris qui die 27 [?] Martij 1497 obijt.'.

Catalogue of the ... collection of Splendid Manuscripts ... formed by M. Guglielmo Libri 1859 no. 246*

Physical Facet

On parchment; with some illuminated capitals and one border, with erased coat of arms


11 × 7 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom