115 leaves: parchment; 180 x 120 (120 x 185) mm bound to 190 x 125 mm 1 microfilm reel : negative (MN 03-79) and positive (Robbins MS 104)
This is a very preciously illuminated copy of the Liber sextus Decretalium. It has no extensive gloss, but has many marginal additions copied in a cursiva libraria script by a later hand (late 14th century?). Unlikely many other witnesses of the Liber sextus whose format is big, the small format of this manuscript suggests that this manuscript was intended to be a sort of quick reference book, very easy to handle, to carry and to study.
Ms. codex. Title from opening rubric, fol. 1r. Collation: Parchment, fol. iii (modern paper) + 115 + iii (modern paper); 1-9¹² 10¹²⁻⁵. Horizontal catchwords enclosed in a scroll, in the middle of the bottom margins. No contemporary foliation. Running titles in the upper margin. Signature marks in the right corner of the bottom margins (a lower case letter and a Roman numeral.). Layout: Written in two columns, 29 lines for each column, below top line. Ruled in ink. Wide margins. Script: Written in textualis libraria script, apparently by one hand. Decoration: Initials marking beginnings of sections are either historiated (fol. 1r: the pope and other church officials conferring; nearly effaced) or decorated with fantastic or grotesque animals and birds (fol. 36r, a stork and a duck; 50v, a stork and a dag with wings; 83r, a hare hunting) or gargoyles (fol. 84v). Paragraph signs and line fillers in red and blue. Many illuminated initals on 2, 3 or 4 lines throughout the text. Many 2-line red and violet, or blue and red pen flourishing initials, and many alternating blue and red simple initials. Red rubrics, and alternating red and blue paragraph signs. Binding: Bound with nineteenth-century red leather with gilt border; paper pastedowns and flyleaves; front cover now detached. Four raised bands on spine, stamped with gilt floral decorations; five compartments, three of which are stamped with floral decorations. Title on spine, in gilt letters: "Bonifacii VIII. Decretalium. MSS Vellum." Origin: Written and decorated in possibly in Northern France during the first quarter of the 14th century. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 104.
Formatted Contents Note
Fol. 1r-113r: "[rubr.] Incipit Liber sextus Decretalium domini Bonifaci pape octavi. [text] Bonifacius episcopus servus servorum Dei dilectis filiis doctoribus et scolaribus universis Tholose commorantibus ... et in tuis expensis cotidie vel continue domestici commensales, etiam si ex illis aliquos aliquando pro tuis gerendis negociis abesse continguat. Bonifacius VIII." Fol. 113r-115r: "[rubr.] De regulis iuris rubrica. [text] Beneficium ecclesiasticum non potest licite sine institutione canonica optineri ... Certum est quod is committit in legem qui legis verba complectens contra legis nititur voluntatem. [rubr.] Finito librus sit laus et gloria Christo. Dextram scribentis uirtus regat ominpotentis."
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Old shelfmark in the upper corner of fol. iiir: "13501." In the earlier part of the 19th century the manuscript was owned by Fletcher Raincock (his initials and a date on fol. iiiv: "FR 1829"). Later in that century the manuscript was in the library of Henry Harris (his bookplate on front pastedown, dated 27 June 1872: in a scroll his motto reads: "Ubique patriam reminisci", and the coat of arms shows three hedgehogs, a bird and a dragon); other 19th-century owners were the antiquarian Edward Hailstone (1810-1890; his round bookplate stamped in gold on cream-colored leather on back pastedown; the name is spelled "Hailctone") and John M. Gray (his bookplate on fol. ir, dated 1880; and, on the same folio, a note initialed by him: "See also the Hailstone bookplate on the final board JMG." John M. Gray bookplate shows a monk sitting at his desk, holding a hourglass in his right hand and a book in his left hand. In the background the sun is rising, and a snake with a human face is crawling up an apple tree. A human skeleton and a globe are under the monk's desk. On the upper left corner there is a coat of arms with a rampant lion and seven Greek crosses.) A 19th-century handwritten note, in pencil, fol. iiir: "MS Sixth book of Decretals of Pope Boniface VIII," overwritten with notes in ink, in the same hand: "Decretals of Pope Boniface VIII Book sixth" and "See 8 Vol. Sismondi's Hist. Fr. page 316 as to the Bull 'Clericis laicos' directed against Edward I and Philip IV and celebrated for its violence;" the reference here is probably to Histoire des Français (Paris, Strasbourg, and London: [n.p.], 1821-1844), 31 vols., by Jean-Charles-Léonard Simonde de Sismondi (1773-1842). On fol. iiv: "Bibliot. Spenc. 3 Vol. &," in a nineteenth-century hand, in pencil; this reference is probably to one of the editions of the Bibliotheca Spenceriana; or A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century, and of Many Valuable First Editions, in the Library of George John Earl Spencer, K.G., by Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847).
Publications About Described Materials Note
Liber sextus decretalium D. Bonifacii Papae VIII suae integritati una cum Clementinis et Extrauagantibus, earumque glossis restitutus cum priuilegio Gregorii XIII. Pont. Max. et aliorum principum (Romae : In Aedibus Populi Romani, 1584)