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    Sale 12137

    Illuminated Manuscripts from the Collection of Maurice Burrus (1882-1959)

    25 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

    A CARTULARY OF NOTARISED DOCUMENTS, 1385-1461, in Latin, manuscript on vellum [Piacenza, second half 15th century]

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    A CARTULARY OF NOTARISED DOCUMENTS, 1385-1461, in Latin, manuscript on vellum [Piacenza, second half 15th century]

    A fascinating snapshot of the medieval legal transactions and machinations of the city of Piacenza in the 14th and 15th centuries.

    PROVENANCE:
    (1) The notaries in the cartulary are all from Piacenza, and the script dates to the second half of the 15th century. (2) MAURICE BURRUS, no 175. Purchased from Lauria in 1937.


    CONTENT:
    Around twenty notarised documents, including wills (e.g. of Thodeschina, wife of Laurentius de Bacchus, ff.1-2, dated 1413, with various provisions including granting of powers of attorney and distribution of properties), and monetary transactions (e.g. involving a certain Conradus de Armano, ff.32-34, dated 1459), dating from 1385-1461 (more than half from the 1420s and a number mentioning members of the prominent Confalonieri family of Piacenza, including Bernabò and Filippo), ff.1-39v.


    PHYSICAL CONDITION AND DESCRIPTION:
    265 x 183mm. i + 39 + i, COMPLETE, ruled space: 182 x 130mm. Written in at least 5 different 15th-century notarial hands (some staining, especially to opening and closing leaves, occasional natural flaws to the vellum). TWELFTH-CENTURY PASTEDOWNS, reused from a Missal. 19th-century silver binding with central panels depicting Christ in Majesty and the Crucifixion, over red velvet.


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