De finibus bonorum et malorum

Accession number: 
MS M.1002
De finibus bonorum et malorum
Signa, Italy, 1410.
Previously in contemporary Florentine binding of brown leather over boards with original backstrip preserved, gilt line and scroll border; now in dark brown levant morocco, gilt and decorated paneled covers and spine, gilt edges, ca. 1940, in red morocco slipcase.
Gift of John A. Saks, 1979.
140 leaves (1 column, 35 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 269 x 178 mm
Sir John Peachey (London, 1777, inscription on upper margin fol. 2); his son James, first Lord of Selsey of Westdean House, Sussex (d. 1808); Henry John Peachey, 3rd Baron Selsey (d.1838, his book plate: Westdean Library, 1813); his sale (London, Sotheby's, 20 June 1872, lot 557) to Quaritch; Henry Ellis Allen; Samuel Allen; his sale (London, Sotheby's, 30 January 1920, lot 25) to McPeake; William Randolph Hearst; his sale (New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, part VI, 21 November 1939, lot 121); John A. Saks; gift of Mr. John A. Saks, 1979.

Ms. classical literature; written and illuminated in Signa near Florence, Italy, in 1410.
Texts: Marcus Tullius Cicero, 1) De finibus bonorum et malorum (fols. 3-70v); 2) Tusculanarum disputationum (fols. 71-140).
Decoration: 1 full-page miniature, 1 historiated initial with historiated border, 14 illuminated initials with illuminated border decorations, some inhabited.
Artist: miniature and decoration attributed to Giovanni di Marco, also known as Giovanni dal Ponte, by Mirella Levi d'Ancona (1 September 1981).
Scribe: Johannis Bartholi, an Augustinian monk of Signa, near Florence, who signed and dated M.1002 February 1410 on fol. 140v: scriptum manu mei fratris Iohannis bartholi de signa florentinor[um] castro eg'gio ordinis heremitarii sancti Augustini exigui professoris. Anno domini. M.CCCC.X. mense februarij. Deo gratias.