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Vitae duodecim Caesarum: MS 2-1974

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Vitae duodecim Caesarum


Author: Suetonius




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii paper flyleaves + 27 fols. + iii paper flyleaves, 260 x 160 mm (165 x 90 mm), 32 long lines, ruled in crayon, catchwords, leaf signatures.

BINDING: Twentieth-century, green morocco with gold tooling and lettering on spine, VITA DE OCTAVIANO AUGUSTO. MS, and AUG. VITA written on fore-edge.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r-27v Suetonius, Vitae duodecim Caesarum, Bk II, Life of Augustus.

ORNAMENTATION: One white vine-scroll initial fol. 1r [G, 5 ll.] in gold on dark red and green ground with white vine-scroll infill and extension, the whole surrounded by blue.


History note: Thomas Thorpe, cat. II (1823), no. 5745 and cat. III (1824), no. 16518; purchased from Thorpe by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his MS 2665; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10 June 1896, lot 1182 (unsold) and 5 June 1899, lot 1107; Leighton’s, 40 Brewer St, Golden Square, London (label inside upper cover); purchased from Colbeck, Radford and Co. by Eric G. Millar (1887-1966) in 1931; given by Eric Millar to Dorothy Stevens, 27 April 1938 (inscription on fol. i recto: see Turner 1968-1969, 16); her bequest to J.W. Goodison, 1969; presented by him to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1974.

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Presented (1974) by Goodison, J. W.


Fifteenth-century, third quarter
Circa 1450 - Circa 1460

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: num Aricie exercuisse
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 2-1974
Primary reference Number: 176517
Project ID: 3576
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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