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MS 7 (olim Goodhart 12) France, s. XIVmed

Clement V / Constitutiones clementinae

1. ff. 1r-59v [Main text in center of page.]

[Title:] Ioannes episcopus seruus seruuorum [sic] dei dilectis filiis doctoribus et scholaribus uniuersis tholose commorantibus salutem et apostolicam benedictionem. [Prologue:] Quoniam nulla iuris sanctio quantumcumque perpenso digestam... [prologue ends incompletely at bottom of f. 1v:] cupiens deformatorum reformationi prospicere soluere//

[Lacuna between ff. 1 and 2, text begins incompletely on f. 2r :] //ipsum dei uerbum pro omnium operanda salutem non solum affigi cruci...

Text breaks off at end of f. 2v at 1.1.1 Porro doctrinam omnem seu positionem temere asserentem aut uertentem in dubium, quod anime rationalis seu intellectiue uere ac per se humani corporis non sit forma uelud erroneam ac ueritati inimicam fidei predicto sacro ap// and resumes at 1.2 [pertinen]tium eorundem aliud ipsis super hoc liceat, quam si loca ipsa sic premissa speciales sub eis gubernatores haberent...

Another leaf missing between f. 46 and 47. Text breaks off at the beginning of Clem. 4.1: Eos qui timore diuino postposito in suarum animarum periculum scienter in gradibus// and resumes in 5.2: //illum apud scholasticos in ualuisse abusum...

Expl.: si tunc in premissis casibus sollempnis ordo iudiciarum in toto uel in parte non contradicentibus partibus obseruetur non erit processus propter hoc irritus nec etiam irritandus. Idem in eodem. Exunt [sic] qui seminat seminare semen suum. Explicit textus clementinarum.

Clemens V, Constitutiones, with preface of John XXII; E. Friedberg, ed., Corpus iuris canonici, Pars secunda, Decretalium Collectiones (Leipzig, 1922) v. 2 cols. 1129-1200. Text accompanied by interlinear and marginal glosses in two hands.

2. ff. 1r-59v

Inc.: Ioannes [first line obliterated] deriuaciones uel ethimologias extolle non est meum...

Expl.: Natura uero naturans cum ad illam redibimus per intercessionem uirginis nos [collocet] cum electis Amen. Explicit apparatus clementinarum Johannis Andree. Qui scripsit scribat semper ante dominus uiuat. Amen. Deo gratias.

Commentary of Joannes Andreae on art. 1; numerous printed editions, GKW, v. 4, nos. 4848-87 and thereafter.

Parchment, ff. iii (paper, f. i= front pastedown) + 59 + iii (paper, iii=back pastedown), modern foliation. 414 x 274 (written space varies from 374 x 241 to 288 x 241) mm. Main text and commentary written in two columns with a maximum of 35 lines of text and 88 lines of commentary. The text has been glossed by two contemporary hands. Single vertical and horizontal bounding lines full across. Ruled in hard point and ink. Prickings in upper and lower margin.

I12 (-2, 4), II 10 , III8, IV 12, V12 (-6), V8. Two remaining catchwords in lower margin below inner column, verso, traces of two other catchwords. Remains of quire and leaf signatures in the first half of each quire with center of quire marked with an x (e.g., ai, aii, aiii, etc. ).

Both text and commentary written in a textualis quadrata, the text slightly larger than the commentary. Numerous annotations in the margins in contemporary hands.

One 18-line miniature, centered on f. 1r, shows an enthroned pope (Clement) holding a closed book, symmetrically flanked by groups of cardinals and bishops. Kneeling before him is a bare-headed cleric presenting a book. This composition is frequently encountered in manuscripts of canon law. The figures, outlined in ink, are placed in an architectural setting: the throne sits on top of an olive green staircase and in front of crenelated arched panels alternating gold with blue and pink. A tower rises from the center of the panels. Penwork vines with gold terminal leaves and seedpods extend along the two sides and the bottom of the illustration. Also on f. 1r are two 8-line initials on a gold ground, the title's initial an elaborate network of pink and blue vinestems with terminal flowers, the prologue beginning with a similar initial, with the vinestems and flowers replaced by a mythical pink and blue animal with the head of a fox on a lizard-like body with a feathered tail. Numerous 6- to 3-line pink or blue initials with white filigree on the opposite color ground infilled with gold on which there are vinestems with red, blue, and green terminal leaves and flowers, some of these initials have vinestem extensions, others have penwork extensions with gold leaves, a few have both. On ff. 14v, 29r, 40r, and 41r, the initials are infilled with a profile head of an orange dog with bared teeth on a gold ground. On f. 47 the initial is sketched in pen, but not painted. Many 2- to 7-line initials in red and blue on red and blue fine line backgrounds with modest penwork designs. Chapter headings in red, paragraph markers in red or blue. Extensive marginal decoration, whimsical heads, vinestems, and other decorations may be found on many leaves.

Lower corner of f.11 has been cut away with some loss of text.

Binding: English scored Russian leather with fine gold-tooled border ca. 1750, restored by J. MacDonald Co., East Norwalk, Conn. On spine in gold: "O. P. Clement/ V. MSS."

Written in France ca. 1350 and addressed to the scholars of Toulouse. Arms at bottom of f. 1r (bendy of six azure and argent with a T in the second), possibly of the Bishop of Toulouse. Ownership note on f. 43r in a later hand: "Johannes Vivens licentiatus in iure". Listed in Osborne's catalog for 1752, no. 2706 (autograph catalogue entry glued to front flyleaf). Unidentified English catalogue entry on inside front cover. On back flyleaf: "H 10836". This manuscript may be compared with the Liber Sextus Decretalium now in the Library of Congress (De Ricci, p. 207, no. 48); both volumes are addressed to the scholars of Toulouse, written by the same scribe, and illuminated by the same hand. De Ricci suggests that they were at one time bound together, but this is by no means certain. The two manuscripts were purchased together by W. M. Voynich. Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate) acquired this manuscript from his estate, and presented it to Bryn Mawr College in 1951. Thomas M. Izbicki and James Tanis graciously shared their notes on this manuscript with us.

secundo folio: ipsum dei

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1678, no. 12.


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