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Detailed record for Harley 6522

Part 1 ff. 1-85v 
Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title Disputationes tusculanae (ff. 1-67v), Orationes in Catilinam (ff. 67v-85v)
Origin France, N. (Angers)
Date 1463 and 1469
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Jean Blanchard (colophon, f. 85v)
Decoration 9 initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in the other colour (ff. 1, 3v, 17v, 39v, 51, 67v, 72v, 77, 81v). Coloured initials in red or blue. Capitals marked in red.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 145 (150 x 95)
 
Part 2 ff. 86-138v 
Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title De senectute (ff. 86-105v), De amicitia (ff. 106-129v), Paradoxa stoicorum (ff. 130-138v)
Origin France, N. (?Angers)
Date c. 1469
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 3 puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in the same colours (ff. 86, 106, 130). Coloured initials in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 145 (140-145 x 80-90)
 
Official foliation ff. 138 (+ 1 paper, 2 parchment flyleaves and 12 unfoliated leaves at the beginning + 1 after f. 85 and 3 after ff. 129 and 138 + 2 parchment and 1 paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation Mainly in quires of 12.
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Binding of brown mottled calf with gold fillets.
Provenance Part 1 was written by Jean Blanchard in Angers in 1463 and 1469: inscribed colophons 'M. T. ciceronis... tusculane disputationes... Expliciunt duodecima novembris Andegavis [Angers]. Anno d[omi]ni milesimo quadringentesimo saxagesimo [sic] tercio' (f. 67), 'Andegavis xiiia Kalendas Martij Anno dominj 1469 scripta sunt per Johannem Bla[n]chard' (f. 85v).
Carefully drawn manicula (ff. 86-105v) and face (f. 95), ?17th century.
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes The undated leaves in part 1 (ff. 67-72v) are by the hand of Jean Blanchard and were probably written in 1463 (see Watson 1979).
Catchwords written horizontally and vertically. Leaf signatures.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 6522.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), no. 842.

R. H. Rouse and M. D. Reeve, 'Cicero: Speeches', in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, ed. by L. D. Reynolds (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 54-98 (p. 62).


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Part  1   ff. 1-85v
Marcus Tullius Cicero Disputationes tusculanae (ff. 1-67v), Orationes in Catilinam (ff. 67v-85v)
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