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Officia M· T· C· Ejn Buech / So Marcus Tullius Cicero der Roemer / zue seynem Sun Marco / von den Tugentsamen aemptern / und zuegehoerungen / eins wol und recht lebenden menschen / inn Latein geschriben / Woelchs auff begere / Herren Johansen von Schwarzenbergs rc. verteütscht / Und volgens / Durch jne / inn zierlicher Hochteütsch gebracht / Mit vil figuren und Teütschen Reymen / gemeynem nutz zu guet / in Truck gegeben worden.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[De officiis., German., 1545.]


(Gedruckt inn der Keyserlichen Stadt Augspurg /: durch Heinrichen Steyner., Vollendet auff den III. Novembris. Im) M.D.XLV.

Physical Description

[8], xci f.: illus.; 308 mm. (In sixes.)


[T.p., port.] - Die Erst Vorred - Die ander Vorred - Nammen etlicher Roemischen aempter ... - In disem Register ... - [Text and illus.]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The translation has also been attributed to Johann Neuber.

The illustrations are unsigned. They have been attributed to the draughtsman Hans Burgkmair the elder (1473-1531).

The printer is named in the colophon: 'Gedruckt inn der Keyserlichen Stadt Augspurg / durch Heinrichen Steyner. Vollendet auff den III. Novembris. Im M.D.XLV. Jar.'


G. Bartram, ed., The German Renaissance print [exhibition catalogue] (1995); T. Falk, Sixteenth-century German Artists = 11 [VII/ii] of The Illustrated Bartsch, ed. W. L. Strauss (1980).

Summary Note

Cicero's De Officiis is a treatise on duties, in three books in the form of a letter to the author's son, Marcus. It was written in 44 B.C. In the first book Cicero analyses the virtues of Wisdom, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance; in the second and third he discusses how they may harmonise with social and political expediency - taking examples from ancient Greek and Roman history.

In this publication the German translations are copiously illustrated with woodcuts. The title-page vignette shows Cicero seated at the feet of Julius Caesar. The print on the title-page verso shows a portrait of Schwarzenberg. The other illustrations show various incidents of social life.

Binding Note

19th-century beige paper-covered boards; white paper spine-label inscribed in ink, 'Cicero. Officia 1545'.


Duty - Ethics - Stoicism - Italy - Rome - History - 1st century B.C.
Treatises - Essays - Letters - Italy - Rome - 1st century B.C.
Essays - Translations from Latin - Translations into German - Germany - 16th century
Pictorial works - Woodcuts - Germany - 16th century