73 leaves : paper ; 320 x 220 (305 x 150) mm bound to 325 x 225 mm
The text is divided into 203 paragraphs, and explains the jurisdictional rankings and relations of the ecclesiastical courts of England, trying to unify and order significant precedents in matters likely to arise in future court cases. The entire volume is indexed at the end with a chapter list.
Ms. codex. Title from fol. 1r. Collation:Paper, fol. iii (modern paper) + 73 + iii (modern paper); collation pratically impossible due to the tightness of binding. Layout: Written in up to 45 long lines. Catchwords in the right side of the bottom margin. Not ruled. There are occasional marginal notes usually explicating something significant regarding the text, or inserting phrases omitted in the original writing. Script: Written possibly by an ecclesiastical notary: the script is quite clean, but the presence of many loops makes it difficuilt to read. Binding: Modern full calf antique style. Covers tooled in gilt and blind, using a rule and two fillets to form concentric compartments, one of which is a lighter shade of brown. Round spine with raised bands accented with gilt tooling. Gilt center devices in spine compartments. On the spine, gilt tooled, the title: "Curiae in Britannia. Manning." Origin: Written in England, before 1663 and possibly after 1625. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 253.
Formatted Contents Note
Fol. 2r-56v: ''[rubr.]1. Quod curiae celebrantur auctoritate ... ; [text] Curia Cantuariensis ... celebratur infra ... quam summa aliter laxata; fol. 57rv blank fol. 58r-64r: "[rubr.] Iurisdictio ... civitatibus Londinii..; [text] Licet uti tamquam istos perdurantur ministrare ... si istos perducti sunt ... testimoniales super premissis est; fol. 64v-70v blank fol. 71r-73r: chapter list.
RESTRICTED ORIGINAL: Use of original only by permission. Inquiries concerning this item should be directed, in writing, to the reference librarian for The Robbins Collection.
On fol. 1r there is a former owner's note which reads: "Sum liber Rich[ard]us Manning 1663." On the upper corner of the first flyleaf, written in pencil by a 20th century hand: "4750 PRBM C4."