London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
PALAEOGRAPHIC COLLECTION OF BINDING FRAGMENTS, in Latin, DECORATED AND ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS ON VELLUM [Italy and France, 13th and 14th centuries]
26 part-leaves or bifolia from 7 manuscripts, all with decorated flourished initials: including 2 part-bifolia from an illuminated and glossed Gratian Decretum, one with two coats of arms charged with black bears likely those of the Caccianemico dell'Orso of Bologna and the Orso of Venice [Bologna or Padua, early 14th century]; 1 bifolium and 4 part-bifolia from a theological exegesis [France, 13th century]; 7-part bifolia from a glossed Justinian Codex [Italy, 13th century]; 7 part-bifolia from glossed ?Justinian Corpus Juris Civilis', [Italy, 14th century]; 1 part-bifolium from a glossed Justinian Institutes, book 1 [Italy, 14th century; 3 part-bifolia of a commentary on the Psalms [France, 13th century]; 1 part-bifolium from a Verbal Concordance of the Bible [France, c.1300]. All recovered from bindings or used as wrappers and paste-downs and consequently worn and defective. Nonetheless with the glosses and extensive annotations in addition to their central texts, these leaves reflect a rich variety of scripts and scribal conventions. They include, for example, the different means of linking gloss with the text they interpret -- symbols, letters and underlining.
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