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MS 35 Italy, s. XV2

Innocent III / De miseria conditionis humanae

ff. 1r-37v Incipit Liber de miseria siue de vilitate conditionis humane. Editus a domino nostro papa Innocentio tercio Lotario ab Auctoris nomine vocato.

[Prologue:] Domino patri karissimo p[etro], dei gratia portuensi episcopo lotarius indignus diaconus gratiam in presenti et gloriam in futuro. Modicum otii quod inter angustias nuper ea quam nostis actione captaui non ex toto me preteriit octiosum (sic). Sed Ad deprimendam superbiam que Capud (sic) est omnium viciorum... Sicut vero paternitas vestra suggessit dignitatem humane nature Christo fauente describam, quatinus ita per hoc humilietur elatus est per illud humilis exaltetur.

[Title:] De miserabili humane conditionis ingressu. Capitulo primo.

Inc.: Quare de vulua matris egressus sum, ut viderem laborem et dolorem et consummerentur in confusione dies mei? Si talia locutus de se ille quem deus sanctificauit in utero. Qualia ego loquar de me quem mater mea genuit in peccato.

Expl.: Timor et tremor, dolor labor et fetor, oscuritas et ansietas , acerbitas et asperitas. Calamitas et egestas obliuio et confusio. Tortiones et punctiones. Amaritudines et terrores fames et sitis, frigus et cauma. Fulgur et ignis Ardens in secula seculorum. Amen. Deo gratias semper. Amen.

ff. 38-39 ruled but blank.

Lotharii Cardinalis (Innocentii III), De miseria humane conditionis, ed. Michele Maccarrone, Luciani, [1955]. MS 21, in Part III, joins a short recension of chapter 3 to chapter 2. See Maccarrone, p. xxv.

Paper (watermarks in gutter similar to Briquet Monts 11726) ff. 39 + i (separate from final quire), 206 x 154 (130 x 78) mm., modern foliation. Written in 34 lines. Single vertical bounding lines full length; first quire bounded in lead, remaining four in ink with occasional horizontal bounding lines at upper margin. Ruled in ink.

I-III10, IV(-8)10. Horizontal catchwords centered in lower margin, below text. Leaf signatures in lower right corner of final quire.

Written by a single scribe in a fine gothic bookhand. Each of the three parts begins with a simply decorated initial: a 9-line initial in red, f. 14r; 7-line initials in red, f. 1r, in blue, f. 28v. Plain 4-line red and blue initials alternate throughout at the beginning of each chapter. All initials on badly faded red penwork grounds, some with penwork extensions. Paragraph markers in alternating blue and red; majiscules touched with red. Headings in bright red. Interlinear and marginal corrections in black ink on first four leaves. Guide letters for rubricator beside each initial.

Repairs on ff. 1 and 2 in margin, no loss of text.

Binding: Plain vellum binding.

Produced in Italy in the second half of the fifteenth century given the style of script and decoration. Early provenance unknown. Unidentified "GHo52" in ink and "H 1191" in pencil on front pastedown. Unidentified "46" in ink on f. 1r together with remnant of a round library stamp (43 mm.) in lower margin with the word "Bibliotheca" recognizable below a flower; other words missing because paper substratum has been destroyed. On f. 38v unidentified "Cart. 37" in ink. Manuscript belonged to Laura Hurd Motion who gave it to Bryn Mawr College in 1980.

secundo folio: [Con]siderans


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