Cicero: Orationes VII ad Verrem

The upper part of the codex is heavily damaged. The Corvinas returned from Constantinople were restored in the 1980s and 90s by the experts of the National Library. For the replacement of the damaged parts, they elaborated the technique of parchment casting that later would become world-famous. (Edina Zsupán)

Source: The Corvina Library and the Buda Worskhop: [National Széchényi Library, November 6, 2018 –February 9, 2019] A Guide to the Exhibition; introduction and summary tables: Edina Zsupán; object descriptions: Edina Zsupán, Ferenc Földesi; English translation: Ágnes Latorre, Budapest: NSZL, 2018, p. 138

For a detailed codex description see:

Edina Zsupán, M. T. Cicero: Verres ellen mondott beszédek, in: Edina Zsupán (ed.), “Az ország díszére”. A Corvina könyvtár budai műhelye, kiállítási katalógus, Budapest, OSZK 2020, Kat.-Nr. F2.


Shelfmark: Cod. Lat. 2.
Country: Hungary
City: Budapest
Keeper location: University Library, Eötvös Loránd University
Author: Cicero
Content: Orationes in Verrem VII
Writing medium: parchment
Number of sheets: 166 fol.
Sheet size: 325 x 230 mm
Place of writing: Florence
Date of writing: 1460–1470
Scriptor: F. [Phi] H. Cf. Albinia de La Mare, New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence, in: Annarosa Garzelli (a cura di), Miniatura Fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525. Un primo censimento, 2 vols, Florence 1985, 395-600, (526, No 58/1)
Place of illumination: Florence
Date of illumination: 1460–1470
Crest: King Matthias' Hungarian and Bohemian royal coat-of-arms; "second" heraldic painter, Buda, late 1480s
Possessor, provenience: King Matthias Hunyadi; Ottoman sultans; it was returned to Hungary as a present of Abdul Hamid, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 1877.
Binding: 19th-century, paper board, red Turkish leather binding. Originally bound in velvet, the title on its Buda-style fore-edge reads: ORACIONES IN VERREM
Language of corvina: Latin
Condition: Restored (NSZL, Ágnes Kálmán-Horváth, 1989)