120 leaves : parchment ; 325 x 233 (text: 195 x 124; glosses: 292 x 205) mm bound to 332 x 247 mm
Manuscript of the Sentences of Peter Lombard dating from the age of the Paris schools and the emerging university. It was consciously prepared for annotation, as the pages were ruled not just to guide the copying of the main text but in anticipation of commentary. Occasionally there is a corrector note at the end of a gathering "correctum est" (i.e. after quires 3, 5, 6, and 7). 3 leaves are lacking: the first leaf of Book 1 (fol. 1 in the early numbering), leaf 37 and the final leaf of text. The upper outer corner of fol. 65 (the opening of Book III) has been cut away; some darkening (soot?) of some fore-edges at the beginning and end.
Ms. codex. Title from contemporary note on back pastedown. Collation: Parchment, fol. 120 (early foliation in ink and modern foliation in pencil differ slightly because of the 3 missing leaves); 1⁴ 2¹⁰⁽⁻¹⁾ 3-4¹⁰ 5¹⁰⁽⁻¹⁾ 6-12¹⁰ 13¹⁰⁽⁻²⁾; horizontal catchwords framed in black ink at the end of each quire (catchword at the end of quire 9 is cropped); signature marks (written p⁹, II⁹, III⁹, IIII⁹, V⁹, etc.) begin with the first quire of the text, excluding the first gathering of 4, which is the table of contents. An extra signature mark has been incorrectly written on the 9th folio of the 10th gathering. Contemporary foliation in black ink using arabic numerals, on top of each folio recto, in the middle of the upper margin. Layout: Main text written in 2 columns of 54 lines. Ruling mostly in lead, sometimes in ink, to accommodate more than 100 lines of commentary. Script: Main text written in a small textualis libraria gothic script by one hand, below top line. Decoration: 9-line initial at the opening of the 2nd book (fol. 37v) with the letter "Q" in red and decorative infilling of blue tendrils - extending into the margins with a flourish - and red circles; opening word "Samaritanus" of book 4 (fol. 88r) written 2 lines high in alternating red and blue lombardic capitals; numerous other alternating red and blue initials throughout with penwork in other color. Red chapter headings throughout. Binding: 15th century dark brown, blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, rebacked; original chaining staple attached to the top of back cover. Origin: Manuscript dates back to the age of the Paris schools and the emerging university and was presumably prepared to be actively used and annotated. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 233.
Formatted Contents Note
Fol. 1r-4v: "[Table of contents] Incipiunt capitula primi libri ... Utrum visa impiorum pena minuat vel augeat bonorum gloria" fol. 5r-37v: [Book I] "[text (begins imcompletely at 22.214.171.124. 'Utrum fruendum an utendum sit virtutibus')] "Illud autem quo fruendum est propter se amandum est ... verumptamen illi actum voluerunt quem Deus non voluit [rubr.] Hic finitur primus liber de misterio trinitatis" fol. 37v- 66r: "[rubr.] Incipit secundus de rerum creatione et formatione corporalium et spiritualium et aliis pluribus eis pertinentibus [text] Quae ad misterium divinae unitatis atque trinitatis licet ex parte cognoscendum pertinere noscuntur ... Sic enim precepit Deus ut in malis nulli potestati obediamus [rubr.] Explicit liber secundus" fol. 66r-88r: "[text] Iam nunc his intelligendis atque pertractandis que ad verbi incarnati misterium pertinet ... ut Samaritanus ad vulneratum medicus ad infirmum gracia ad miserum accedat [rubr.] Incipit liber tercius De incarnatione verbi ... His tractatis que ad doctrinam rerum pertinent quibus fruendum est et quibus utendum est, et que fruuntur et utuntur, ad doctrinam signorum accedamus [rubr.] Explicit liber tertius" fol. 88r-120v: "[rubr] Incipit quartus. Capitulum primum. Samaritanus enim vulnerato approprians curationi eius sacramentorum alligamenta adhibuit ... et illa maligna voluntas erit eis ad cumulum poenae, per quam tamen non merebuntur quia nullus meretur nisi in hac vita." (text ends incomplete at the beginning of 126.96.36.199 'Quare dicuntur tenebre exteriores').
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Written on the back pastedown below the chaining staple on the back cover is the medieval inscription in red ink "Libri sententiarum 1⁹, 2⁹, 3⁹ [et] 4⁹, followed by a library shelfmark "LMN"; an 18th century red library stamp bearing the initials in greek letters "Mu Rho Theta Upsilon," and an ink inscription from the library of the Pious School in Vienna, can be seen at the bottom of first leaf "Bibliotecae Viennensis Scholarum Piarum"; early 19th century catalog slip pasted inside front cover detailing the 3 missing leaves.