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Composite manuscripts including two texts by Sallust, 1462

Identifier: MS 190


The two texts by Sallust (Gaius Sallustius Crispus) contained in MS 190 are De Coniuratione Catilinae and Bellum Jugurthinum. These are the only two texts that survive complete from Sallust, and both are described separately, under MS 190/ff. 1r-42v, and MS 190/ff. 43r-127v.


Italian script with plain red capitals. The rubrics and first words of sections are Roman capitals.


MS 190 contains two illuminated initials at the beginning of each text (f. 1r and f. 43r) in blue and gold with filigree ornament.


  • Creation: 1462


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

An Italian hand from 1462, as a colophon on f. 127v notes the date: ...die quinta Aprilis 1462. ('the fifth day of April, 1462'. The paper has the scissors watermark in at least 2 variants, one being similar to that in Briquet's catalogue of watermarks, no. 3698 (f.iii etc) and another like Briquet 3710 (f. 128). There are no marks of ownership.

Previous reference

D. b. VI. 5.

Previous title

Title given in Catherine Borland's catalogue: Sallust


C.M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire Historique des Marques du Papier, second edition (New York: Hacker Art Books, 1966).

Physical Facet

Material: paper

Binding: Modern. Note from the book binders 'D.C and Son' pasted in the back describing the initial condition, rebinding and repair of MS 190 in November 1958.

Collation: a10—m10, n9= 129


24 cm X 16.83 cm


Secundo folio: fortuna simul

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 129, 23 lines to a page.

Repository Details

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