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De natura deorum / Marcus Tullius Cicero : manuscript codex.

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Author/Creator:
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Language:
Latin. In Latin.
Earliest possible date:
1460
Latest possible date:
1475
Imprint:
[Italy, Rome?, circa 1460-1475]
Format:
  • Book
  • 1 volume (90 ff., preceded and followed by a paper flyleaf)
Note:
Watermarks close to Briquet, "Huchet, " number 7834, Rome, 1470; and Piccard, "Wasserzeichen, Horn" (1979), VIII, No. 36, Rome, Urbino, 1460. Written in a humanistic semi-cursive script, in brown ink, up to 25 lines. Paper ruled in lead point, (justification 150 x 85 mm.), spaces left blank for decorated initials never executed. Some marginal annotations in a cursive script. Bound in limp vellum over pasteboard; smooth spine with title in pencil faintly visible.
Access:
Open for research ; material must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.
Summary:
Topics debated include the existence of the gods, nature, the government of the world, and providence. This particular copy, which is simple in lay-out, is noteworthy for its numerous marginal annotations that suggest it was copied for use by a student or member of humanist circles.
Source:
Purchased, 2012. Accession 2012-028.
Note:
On the nature of gods, one of the philosophical works by Cicero, composed towards the end of his life.
Provenance:
Copied in Italy (based on script and watermarks). A possible place of origin could be Rome or the Latium, the paper stock seems to be Roman.

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