406 leaves : parchment ; 440 x 285 (235 x 195) mm bound to 455 x 300 mm 1 microfilm reel : negative (MN 99-17) and positive (Robbins MS 8)
This manuscript is a very precious illuminated copy of the commentary on the Decretales by the cardinal Henricus de Segusio; there are very few marginal notes, and the handwriting is extremely neat, quite close with the "textualis formata." No glosses are provided.
Ms. codex. Title from opening rubric, fol. 1r. Collation: Parchment, fol. ii (modern paper) + 406 + ii (modern paper); 1-16¹² 17⁶ 18-19¹² 20¹⁰ 21-34¹² 35⁶. Catchwords in the middle of the lower margin, on verso, by the hand of the scribe. Quire signatures in the right corner of the lower margin, in red ink, using letters and symbols. The manuscript was copied with the pecia system: many pecia marks are still visible, although cropped, in the outer margins. The average length of each pecia appears to be 5 folios. Layout: Written in two columns, 101 lines in each column. Running titles in the upper margin. Ruled in lead; prickings visible in the lower and upper margin. Wide margins. Script: Written in a textualis libraria script (littera Bononiensis), apparently by one hand. Decoration: Two historiated initials on fol. 1r (on 9 lines) and 199r (on 11 lines), both representing Pope Gregory IX, painted in red, pink, white, and yellow on blue background. Two vertical borders on the same folios bearing grotesque characters, humans, animals, birds, and flowers, painted in pink, yellow, and blue. Painted initials representing human faces, animals, stylized flowers, and geometrical motives, mostly on 4 lines. On the lower margin of fol. 1r there is the painting of a lion, brown on blue background with red border; on fol. 199r there is the painting of a yellow bird. Many 3-line alternating red and blue pen flourishing initials throughout the text. Alternating red and blue paragraph marks. Red rubrics, and alternating red and blue running titles in the upper margins. Binding: Brown leather over wooden boards, blind tooled with fillets, stamps, and fleurons. Four new leather closing straps: top, bottom, and side. New spine with some of the old leather glued to it. Origin: Written and decorated in Italy, possibly in Bologna, between 1320 and 1340. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 8. Former shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, I BX1935 .H518 le.
Formatted Contents Note
Fol. 1r-406v: "[rubr.] Commentarium libri Decretalium et prohemium rubrica. [text] Ad Dei omnipotens gloria et universalis Ecclesie decus et decorem necnon rei publice ... quia sicut odoratus fetorem discernit sive sentit et fugit, sic tractatus ipsius crimina detestatur et punit. [rubr.] Prohemium libri Decretalium. [text] Gregorius episcopus: omnes sunt episcopi licet vocentur archiepiscopi ... dampnaturo. [rubr.] De summa trinitate et fide catholica rubrica. [text] Quoniam omne quod non est ex fide peccatum est ... durat tamen quandoque propter accessiones quod dic ut legitur ... [rubr.] Explicit liber primus. Incipit secundus de iudiciis rubrica. [text] De quo vult Deus et cetera supple ita ... Explicit liber secundus. Deo gratias."
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.
The manuscript was at one time part of the collection of John Howell.
Publications About Described Materials Note
Henricus de Segusio, In primum [-quartum] Decretalium librum Commentaria ... 4 vols. (Venetiis: apud Ivntas, 1581; reprint, Torino: Bottega d'Erasmo, 1965).