London. British Library, Add MS 16984

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The British Library, Polonsky Pre-1200 Project
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London. British Library
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British Library, Add MS 16984
Language
  • Latin
Title
  • Cicero, De Inventione; Pseudo-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium
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Description
  • Contents: This 12th-century manuscript consists of two treatises dedicated to the art of rhetoric. Although they were composed by different authors, the two rhetorical works are closely related. The De Inventione (On Invention) was written by Cicero in his youth; the Rhetorica ad Herennium (Rhetoric for Herennius) is anonymous, though it was attributed to Cicero during the Middle Ages and the early modern period. These texts are often linked together in manuscripts. Here there is no interruption between the end of the De Inventione and the Ad Herennium. The rubric shows that the Ad Herennium is considered as the third book of the De Inventione (f. 59r): 'Incipit tercius'. ff. 3r-59r: Cicero, De inventione , Book 1 (ff. 3r-27v), beginning: 'Sepe et multum hoc mecum cogitavi'; Book 2 (ff. 27v-59r), beginning: 'Crotoniatae quondam cum florerent omnibus copiis et in Italia cum primis beati numerarentur', ending: 'et hic liber non parum continet litterarum que restant in reliquis dicemus'. ff. 59r-112v: Pseudo-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium , Book 1 (ff. 59r-66r), beginning: 'Etsi negociis familiaribus impediti, vix satis ocium suppeditare possumus'; Book 2 (ff. 66r-78v), beginning: 'De tertio genere cause, id est de iudicali. In primo libro Herenni breviter exposuimus'; Book 3 (ff. 79r-89r), beginning: 'Ad omnem iudicialem causam quemadmodum conveniret iventionem rerum accomodari'; Book 4 (ff. 89r-112v), beginning: 'Quoniam in hoc libro Herenni de elocutione conscripsimus', ending: 'Hec Omnia adipiscemur si rationes perceptionis diligentia consequemur et exercitatione. Marci Tullii Ciceronis ad Herennium explicit'. Decoration:A tinted drawing of Cicero seated, holding a scroll with the opening words: 'Marci Tulii liber primus incipit' and a large framed initial consisting of a twisted dragon in red, blue and light brown on a dark red ground (f. 3r). Large interlace initials in red, blue and yellow with zoomorphic and foliate decoration (ff. 4v, 27v, 59r, 89r).Initials with penwork decoration in red, blue and yellow wash. Small initials in red and blue. Rubrics in red. Paraphs in black. Initials highlighted in red.
Place
  • Preferred form
    • France, Northern
    Original form
    • Northern France
    Other form
    • France (Nord).
    • France (Nord)
    • Nord de la France
    • Nord de la France (Picardie)
    • France (Nord : Fécamp ?)
    • Nord de la France (Laon?)
    • Nord de la France (Saint-Amand-en-Pévèle?)
    • France (Nord, région de Soissons)
    • Nord de la France, Paris (?)
    • Nordfrankreich
    • França (nord)
    • Francia (norte)
    • Frankrijk (noorden)
    • Laon
    • France (nord : Laon ?)
    • França (nord: Laon?)
    • Nordfrankreich (Laon?)
    • Northern France (Laon?)
    • Francia (norte: Laon?)
    • Northern France (Paris?)
    • France, North, Chelles (nunnery) or Jouarre (nunnery) (?)
    • France, North
    • Northern France
    • Northern France
    • Northern France, Paris (?)
    • [Nordfrankreich]
    • Oberitalien und Nordfrankreich
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    • Netherlands, Southern
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    • Southern Netherlands
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