Patria est, ubi bene est. *
Paucis hisce memoriam sui nobilissimo D[omi]no Possessori Albi
hujus commendare voluit
Londini die 8.vo Julij 1721.
Michael Theoph[ilus] Bauer.
* The source of the motto is Cicero,
Tusculanae disputationes 5.108, quoting from Pacuvius and
Aristophanes: “Patria est, ubicumque est bene”
It is also quoted in Proverbiae Senecae 43. (“Non eris in
patria: patria est ubicumque bene est. Illud enim, per quod
bene est, non in loco, sed in homine est.”)
another version of the same motto cf. the note of Tobias
Stranover on p. 91.
Your fatherland is where you are well off. *
With this trifle I want to recommend myself to
the good memory of the possessor of this Album.
In London, July 8, 1721.
Michael Theophil Bauer
London, July 8, 1721.
Bauer, Michael Theophil
(c. 1695-?), German student of law
The matricules of the Leiden University include
the following register dated on December 30, 1719: Michael Bauer,
Burgaviensis, 24, Juris studiosus. That is, he was from Burgau of
Bavaria (former Schwaben-Neuburg),
and he was 24 years old when he immatriculated as a student of
law. Thus he might have born around 1695. He made his note in the
Album of Ferenc Páriz Pápai on July 8, 1721 in London. Tobias
Stranover, who made his note two pages back (p.
91), used another version of the same Ciceronian motto: Where
you are well off, there is your fatherland.