Manuscript written in Italy in 1438, containing the six plays of Terence. Edit




  • 1st half of 2nd century B.C. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    i + 129 (numbered 1-127, the folio after 2 having been passed over and 79 repeated) + i folios.



  • Physical Description

    0.00 linear metresi + 129 (numbered 1-127, the folio after 2 having been passed over and 79 repeated) + i folios.195.00 x 275.00 millimetres

  • Dimensions

    195.00 x 275.00 millimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    `Andria` (folio 1);

    `Eunuchus` (folio 22);

    `Heauton Timoroumenos` (folio 44 verso);

    `Adelphoe` (folio 65 verso);

    `Hecyra` (folio 86);

    `Phormio` (folio 105);

    with didascalia for `Eunuchus`, `Adelphoe`, and `Hecyra`;

    before the prologue to the `Andria` stands the short poem on Terence, ‘Anthologia Latina’ 487 c.

    The text belongs to the Calliopian recension (`Caliop(us) [sic] rece(n)sui` at the end of each play) and to the γ family (order of plays); cf. the edition of Terence by W M Lindsay and R Kauer.

    Subscription (folio 126 verso): `Terencii Affri phormio explicit. MCCCCXXXVI Die p(ri)mo m(en)sis noue(m)bris i(n) hora d(e)cima octava. Deo gr(atia)as amen’.

    Space has been left for ornamental initials at the beginning of each scene but none have been added. Indications of speaker appear sporadically in red. The didascalia for `Eunuchus’, now partly cut away, were written by the rubricator. The text is in two undistinguished early humanistic bookhands, the change occuring in the middle of folio 77 verso; The second is smaller than the first, and some letter-shapes are different. There are glosses throughout in a small cursive hand of the 15th century.

    On the front flyleaf is written at the top left hand corner `a 22[t]`, at the top right hand corner `xiii`.

  • Arrangement

    Collation: 1-7¹², 8¹⁰, 9-10¹², 11¹² (-11¹², probably blank). Catchwords in the centre lower margin, surrounded by ornamental pen work, for gatherings 1-10. Pricking with a triangular awl in the outer margins. Ruling in ink. 1 column. 25-26 lines. Ruled area 187-192 x 90-95 millimetres (the writing frequently overflows into the right hand margin). Secundo folio: `Eutontimerumenos que fert`.

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilms available:



  • Bibliography

    ‘P. Terenti Afri Comoediae’, edited by W M Lindsay and R Kauer (Oxford, 1926).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Paper (watermark: hills, similar to Briquet number 11678 and what follows, Italian, 2nd quarter of 15th century). Binding of green morocco, tooled in gilt, with red labels, late 18th century.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    Acquired by the Advocates’ Library before circa 1825.