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MS 119: Composite manuscript containing thirteen texts, 15th century

Identifier: MS 119


This manuscript is a composite manuscript containing thirteen texts. It was probably made in Italy in the 15th century. Most of the first half of the manuscript is a collection of translations of ancient works by Leonardo Aretino (commonly known as Leonardo Bruni), an Italian humanist and historian in the early Renaissance who was writing mainly in the late 14th and early 15th century. The second half of the manuscript also contains texts or translations by Italian humanists and leaned men, including Guarino of Verona, Pietro Marcello, and Francesco Griffolini.
The contents are as follows:
ff. 1r-15r: Hiero by Xenophon of Athens, translated by Leonardo Aretino
ff. 15r-21r: Somnium Scipionis (The Dream of Scipio) by Cicero
ff. 21r-33r: De Institutione Juvenum by Saint Basil, translated by Leonardo Aretino
ff. 33r-47v: Isagocicon moralis disciplinae by Leonardo Aretino
ff. 47v-56v: Oeconomica by Pseudo-Aristotle, translated by Leonardo Aretino
ff. 56v-67v: De studiis et litteris by Leonardo Aretino
ff. 67v-86r: De Liberis Educandis by Pseudo-Plutarch, translated by Guarino of Verona
ff. 86v-88r: Epistola vel oratio Demosthenis ad Alexandrum by Pietro Marcello
f. 88r: Oratio Heschinis ad Athenienses by Pietro Marcello
ff. 88r-88v: Oratio Demadis by Pietro Marcello
ff. 88v-92v: Oratio Demosthenis by Pietro Marcello
ff. 93r-141v: Epistles by Pseudo-Phalaris, translated by Francesco Griffolini
ff. 141v-150r: Unidentified treatise
The texts are described separately under MS 119/ff. 1r-15r; MS 119/ff. 15r-21r; MS 119/ff. 21r-33r; MS 119/ff. 33r-47v; MS 119/ff. 47v-56v; MS 119/ff. 56v-67v; MS 119/ff. 67v-86r; MS 119/ff. 86v-88r; MS 119/f. 88r; MS 119/ff. 88r-88v; MS 119/ff. 88v-92v; MS 119/ff. 93r-141v; and MS 119/ff. 141v-150r.
Writing A good italic hand throughout, with plain red or blue Roman capitals.
Illumination Two illuminated initials of burnished gold, with vine-leaf ornament in green, blue, and lake. One on f. 1r and one on f. 93r.


  • 15th century


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

The script and illumination are Italian, but there are no other marks of origin or indication of ownership. The marginal notes are mostly of a later date than the text. There is a pencil title on the inner board in a 19th century hand.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Leonardi Aretini Varia. Francisci Aretini Phalaridis Epistolae.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper

Binding: Modern, vellum, lettered ' Veterum Philosophorum Opuscula Moralia et Phalaridis Epistolae.'

Collation: a10-d10, e12, f10-k10, l8, m10, n10, o8, p6, q6=150


21.59 cm x 15.56 cm

Previous reference

D. b. V. 16.


Secundo folio: gaudes eloquentia
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 150, 27 lines to a page

Repository Details

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