33 leaves : paper ; 265 x 195 (245 x 140) mm
A treatise, written by Pietro Ottoboni (who later became a cardinal and thereafter Pope Alexander VIII) concerns the Apostolic Dataria, one of the five offices of the Roman Curia. The Dataria was in charge of granting benefices and spiritual favors, typically in exchange for money. Ottoboni lays out the arguments for and against charging for the practice and comes to the conclusion that it is right to do so. Beginning on fol. 21r there is a discussion of historical events involving taxation by popes. The dates of those events are written in the margin using a similar ink and script to that used in the rest of the manuscript. A note on the bottom of fol. 1r, in a different hand than that of the rest of the manuscript, reads "Auctor est eminentissimus Ottobonus et antequam esset sanctae Rotae auditor haec scripsit."
Ms. codex. Title transcribed from title page (fol. 1r). Layout: Written in 30 long lines. Script: Written in a neat cursive script by one hand. Binding: Disbound. Watermark is similar to Briquet etoile 6089 (Lucca, 1587-88; Fabriano, 1585) but with the initial "R" above it. Such watermarks were used throughout southern Italy in the 17th century. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 194.
Once in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps; now disbound from his MS 7598.
Publications About Described Materials Note
Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques, Paris: Létouzey et Ané, 1912, 245-46.