De potentium ac tenuium inter se officiis
Rome, Italy, Nov. 4, 1543.
Dark brown morocco over pasteboard; covers decorated with tracery patterns of black morocco, gilt-painted, laid over red silk grounds; remains of four pairs of pink silk ties; edges gilt; indications are that the binding was made in Rome and later modified, perhaps in France, when it entered the library of King Henry II of France--Cf. Twelve centuries of bookbindings, 400-1600.
Purchase; as a gift of the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library; 1962.
26 leaves (1 column, 23 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 235 x 153 mm.
An unidentified original owner; King Henry II of France; M. Kamensiki (his sale, Sotheby's, Dec. 1, 1874, lot 51); Ellis & White; Robert Hoe (his sale, Anderson, II, Jan. 16, 1912, lot 2432); Morgand (Bulletin, June 1912, no. 98); Louis Cartier (Paris, Mar. 1, 1962).
Ms. written and decorated in Rome, Italy, and dated Nov. 4, 1543.
It is possible that this is the author's holograph; if not, it may be the primary manuscript of this text; in the first printing and in subsequent editions it is entitled De officiis inter potentiores et tenuiores amicos--Cf. Twelfth report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1962.
Scribe: perhaps Fernando Ruano, scriptor latinus of the Vatican Library.