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The Bodleian Library Houses the Earliest Known Classical Latin Writing on Paper

Circa 1225

An Introduction to a commentary on Cicero, De amicitia (On Friendship) preserved in the Bodleian Library (Ms. Hatton 112, fols. 58-78), is "the earliest known example of a Latin classical piece written on paper" (Hunt, R.W.,The Survival of Ancient Literature, Oxford: Bodleian Library, 1975, no. 133). It was written in a hand that might be French or English in the early thirteenth century, and is bound in the volume after a collection of medical and astronomical treatises.

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