24 leaves : parchment ; 380 x 240 (290 x 170) mm bound to 385 x 259 mm 1 microfilm reel : negative and positive (Robbins MS 22)
The first 23 folios of the manuscript contain a diminutive law tract by the Florentine exile Bonaccorso degli Elisei, a doctor in law from the University of Bologna and a contemporary of Dante Alighieri. The last 2 folios include the text of the earliest known statutes governing the Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna, presumably promulgated in 1252. The manuscript was once the final (and smaller) part of MS 67 (its fol. 118-141) in the library of Admont Abbey, Austria, whose first one hundred and seventeen folios contained the Casus longi of Bernardo da Parma on the Decretals of Gregory IX. The present location of the first part of MS 67 is not known.
Ms. codex. Fol. 1r, title from the spine; fol. 23v, title suplied by cataloger. Collation: Parchment, fol. ii (modern paper) + 24 + ii (modern paper); 1¹⁰ 2¹² 3². Catchwords in the right corner of the bottom margin, by the hand of the scribe, framed in brown ink. No quire numbering is provided. No contemporary foliation; double modern foliation, in pencil by two different 20th century hands. The first one is on the upper right corner, and goes from 118 to 141; the second is in the right bottom corner, and goes from 1 to 24. Layout: Written in two columns of 62 lines each. Ruled in lead. Prickings visible only in the bottom and upper margins. Wide margins, very few marginal additions and notes. Script: Written in a textualis libraria script, by one hand. Above top line. Decoration: Fol. 1r, 6-line blue and red pen flourishing initial. Alternating red and blue penworked initials throughout the text, mostly on 2 lines. Red and blue alternating paragraph signs, red rubrics. Binding: Grey paper over pasteboard. Quarter bound in leather, title gilt tooled on the spine: "Bonaccursius de Aliseis. De citationibus. MS." Origin: Written possibly in Southern France, or in Italy but by a scribe trained in Southern France, between the last quarter of the 13th century and the first quarter of the 4th century. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 22.
Formatted Contents Note
Fol. 1r-23r: "[text] In nomine Patris et filii et Spiritu Sancti, amen, et ad honorem et statum Universitatis Bononiensis et nostre nationis provincialis ... Ego Bonacursius de Aliseis de Florentia in legibus dictus doctor Bononie morans ... colliges evidenter hic in aliquo loco circa aliquam consuetudo contradiceret spiritualis municipalis." Fol. 23v-24v: "[rubr.] Rubrica de hiis que pertinent ad doctores et processum lectionum. Nota quod doctores et magistri non possunt facere collectam nisi post festum sancti Andree. [text] In nomine Domini amen. Universitate scolarium tam ultramontanorum quam citramontanorum per generalem bidellum ... Quod si non fecerit non possit proprio aliquam collectam facere nisi primo omnes penas solvit in quibus incidenter et fecit dictum depositum a qua pena se nullatenus valeat excusare cum semper per se vel per substitutum possit ad puncta venire."
RESTRICTED ORIGINAL. USE POSITIVE MICROFILM COPY ONLY: Use of original only by permission. Inquiries concerning this item should be directed, in writing, to the reference librarian for The Robbins Collection.
Maffei, Domenico, Domenico Maffei, "Un trattato di Bonaccorso degli Elisei e i più antichi statuti dello Studio di Bologna nel manoscritto 22 della Robbins Collection," Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law 5 (1975): 73-101 (includes complete transcription of the Statutes of the University of Bologna, and partial transcription of Bonacursius's tract).
The manuscript was sold to E.P. Goldschmidt in London, who in turn offered it for sale after June 1940. It was acquired for the Bodmer Collection in Zurich and later sold to H.P. Kraus, from whom it was acquired for the Robbins Collection in 1971.