(Bologna: early 14th century). 453 x 300 mm. (17 7/8 x 11 3/4"). Double column, 19 lines of main text on recto and 24 lines on verso, surrounded by two columns of up to 79 lines, all in a rounded gothic script in two different sizes.
Attractively matted. Paragraph marks in red or blue, headings in red and blue, a few one-line initials in red or blue, eight two-line initials in red with purple penwork, or blue with red penwork. With many contemporary notations in at least two different hands, and two small contemporary doodles (a pig and the bust of a person) in the margins. A marginal wrinkle just barely touching text in one spot, text slightly faded in a couple places but always legible, one or two other negligible imperfections, but in excellent condition, the vellum very clean, the margins comfortable, and the leaf as a whole quite appealing.
Written in a lovely hand, this leaf comes from an early 14th century Bolognese manuscript of the "Liber Sextus," an important work in the history of canon law, promulgated in 1298 by Pope Boniface VIII (ca. 1235-1303). So-named for the work's being viewed as an addition to the five books of the Decretals of Gregory IX, the "Liber Sextus" ("Sixth Book") of the "Corpus Juris Canonici" ("Corpus of Canon Law") was the chief achievement of Boniface VIII, who proclaimed that the pope was the final authority over both the Church and the state. The text here is surrounded by the "Glossa Ordinaria" of the lay canonist Johannes Andreae, and at least two contemporary hands have added their own notes into the margins and between the columns. An early reader has also added a couple doodles for a bit of levity in this otherwise intently serious work. (ST16379-214)
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PJP Catalog: 78.019