Rhetorica ad C. Herennium

Accession number: 
PML 35456.6
Uniform title: 
Rhetorica ad Herennium
Switzerland , ca. 1475-1480
[45] leaves ; 29 cm

Ms. executed ca. 1475-1480 in Switzerland.
Execution attributed to Switzerland on basis of paper and binding.
Collation: [1-3¹² 4⁸⁽⁸⁺¹⁾], 45 leaves.
Chancery folio (27.5 x 20.7 cm). Paper with P watermark dated to Cologne, 1475 (Piccard, Wasserzeichen, IV: IX 1045), Xanten 1473-74 (IX 863), and bull's head-Tau to Basel, 1464-74 (Piccard, II: X 209).
Authorship formerly attributed to Cicero.
Ink ruling (22.5 x 12.1) of 36 lines in 1 column.
Decoration: red 2-line initial C with black flourishing on leaf [1]/1r, 3-line Q on [3]/1r, red rubrics, and red and black paragraph marks.
Scribal hands: 1) [1]/1r-[2]/12v and [3]/3r-5r; 2) [3]/1r-2v; and 3) [3]/5r-[4]/8+1r.
Explicit (leaf [4]/7v): Rethorice tuliane ad heren[n]iu[m] finis adest felicit[ur].
Includes: a poem attributed to Virgil, "Litera bitago[r]e [i.e. Pythagorae] discrimi[n]e secta bico[r]ni..." (Anthologia Latina, ed. Reise, no. 632) on leaf [4]/8r; a list of verses by twelve wise men (cited by Cicero?) on leaf [4]/8r-v; De oficiis et dignitab[us] u[r]bis Rome on leaf [4]/8+1r ([4]/8+1v blank). Additional material in same hand as end of Rhetorica.
Watermark: Gothic "P" with quatrefoil at top, on p. 23. Watermark, beta radiograph, p.23. Gothic "P", quatrefoil.

Füssen, St. Mang (Benedictines), early sixteenth-century(?) inscription, "S. Magni in Fuessen," (front pastedown and leaf [1]/1r of PML 35456.1); Pierpont Morgan Library, booklabel (front pastedown), purchased from E.P. Goldschmidt & Co., April 1939.