INSTITUTES OF THE CONGREGATION OF SECULAR CANONS OF SAN GIORGIO IN ALGA, VENICE, in Latin, manuscript on vellum [northern Italy, 16th century, c.1539]
The Congregation of Canons Regular of San Giorgio in Alga (St George in the Seaweed), in the Venetian lagoon, became popular in the 15th century and was influential in the monastic reform movement of the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy, which derived from the Devotio moderna of the Netherlands. This manuscript is a collection of their regulations and privileges from their foundation to the 1530s, updated in 1540.
(1) Written doubtless for a church belonging to the Congregation of San Georgio in Alga, perhaps SAN PIETRO IN OLIVETO, Brescia, which belonged to the Congregation from 1437 until 1668, and whose ownership inscription dated 1806 is on the pastedown. (2) MAURICE BURRUS, no 47. Purchased from Lauria.
Institutio et confirmatio erectionis canonicorum congregationis sancti Georgii in Alga, ff.1-60; Ex concessione Eugenii quarti [d.1447] [ – Pauli III, d.1549] simplicis signaturae, the last document dated 1538, ff.61-65; a document dated 1537 and two added documents dated 1540, ff.67r-78v; table of contents with chapter and folio numbers, ff.81-91v.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION AND CONDITION:
245 x 185mm, i+95+i leaves, ff.60v, 65v-66v, 79r-80v, 92r-95v ruled, otherwise blank, COMPLETE, some blanks cancelled, ruled space: 180 x 125mm. Spaces left for decorated initials (slight water damage to first leaf). Mid-16th-century Italian binding of dark brown calf, each cover extensively gilt with panels, fleurons, and a central blank shield, the spine blind-tooled; traces of four clasps (light scuffing).