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Detailed record for King's 23

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title Epistolae ad familiares
Origin Italy
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large decorated initial and a full decorated border, in colours and gold (f. 1). Large puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red, at the beginnings of the books. Small initials in red with purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 190 (170 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 190 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Collation i-xix10 (ff. 1-190).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Parchment with the stamped insignia of King George III, 18th century; blue edges.
Provenance ? A member of the Del Drago family of Rome, 17th century: added arms of the family azure, a dragon crowned or, with full border and a large initial in colours and gold. (f. 1).
King George III (b. 1738, d. 1820).
Given to the British Museum by King George IV in 1823 as part of the library of King George III.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), III: Description of the King’s Manuscripts and Indexes to both Collections, p. 8.


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Illuminated border and initial

f. 1
Illuminated border and initial
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f. 1
Detail
Detail

f. 1
Detail
 
Puzzle initial

f. 133v
Puzzle initial
Detail

f. 133v
Detail

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