GOFFREDUS DE TRANO (1200-1245), Summa super Decretales -- JOHANNES DE DEO (c.1190-1267), Summa de dispensationibus et de sententiis dispensationum formandis, in Latin, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM.
305 x 220mm. i + 240 leaves: 1-38, 46, 510, 6-198, 206, 21-298, 3010, COMPLETE, occasional catchwords, gatherings numbered at lower inner corner of final versos (numbers sometimes cropped), later foliation in upper right hand corner of rectos, two columns of 38 lines written in brown ink in a gothic bookhand between four verticals and 39 horizontals ruled in brown, justification: 220 x 158mm, prickings survive in outer margins, rubrics in red, text capitals touched alternately in red and blue, initials alternately in red and blue with blue and red penwork flourishing sometimes extending into margins, annotated in a contemporary and a 16th-century hand, with marginal headings and maniculae, space left blank for Tables of Affinity and Consanguinity on ff.169 and 171 (some minor worming and soiling to opening and final leaves, a few leaves shaved, some marginal cropping, occasional repairs to vellum). Late 15th-century German white pigskin panelled in blind, manuscript title on fore-edge (lacking pins and clasps, a few wormholes, light scuffing).
The marginal annotations indicate a medieval ownership in Germany; the manuscript likely remained there until the 19th century: the label on the spine gives the shelfmark 95 from the Library of Leander van Ess; Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his Ms 480. The manuscript passed from van Ess to Phillipps in 1824, when the latter purchased, among other things, 367 manuscripts from van Ess's collection; Lot 274 in the Phillipps sale on 24 April 1911; Walther Dolch (1883-1914) for the Eduard Langer Library; Alexander Fürst von Dietrichstein (1899-1964), his sale, 1933, lot 286.
Goffredus de Trano, Summa super Decretales ff.1-230; Johannes De Deo, Summa de dispensationibus et de sententiis dispensationum formandis ff.231-241.
Goffredus of Trano was an Italian jurist, canon lawyer, university professor, cardinal and one of the earliest glossators of the Decretals of Gregory IX. His work became a fundamental resource for canon law. His importance was matched by Johannes de Deo, born in Silves in the Algarve between 1189 and 1191 and student at Bologna for at least the six years preceding 1229. His subsequent tenure as a professor of law at the university gave rise to a body of summaries and digests of canon law. By 1260 he was archdeacon in Lisbon, and he died there in 1267. The high esteem for his works in the Middle Ages is demonstrated in a number of tributes by other scholars, as well as by the broad diffusion of his manuscripts up to the end of the 15th century.