Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Letters and treatises of Pope Pius II, Pope Gregory I, St. Bernard, St. Cyprian, et al.
Date of origin:Between 1463 and 1484.
Place of origin: Silesia, Poland
Paper codex with watermarks: calf's head (Briquet 14871) on ff. 1-76 and on ff. 153-201, mountains (Briquet 11880) on ff. 77-124 and on on ff. 127-152, scales (Briquet 2403) on ff. 125-126.
Foliation appears in lead in a modern hand in the upper right hand corner of each leaf.
Dimensions:302mm x 220mm (leaves), 216-256mm x 136-178mm (ruled space)
Collation:1-612 74 8-1112 124 (-3 and 4) 1314 1412 1512 1614 (-12, 13, and 14) 172 1810 1910 (-6) 2012 216 (-1).
Script:Text in bastarda. The first text is in a large formal bastarda in one hand (ff. 1-70). A second hand is responsible for the second text in a smaller, less formal bastarda (ff. 73-76v). The final hand is responsible for the remaining texts in the same smaller, less formal bastarda (ff. 77-201).
Binding:Bound in contemporary blind-stamped calfskin over wood boards with one clasp intact and a chain attached to the top of the lower board; endpaper has watermark fruit (Briquet #7387). The letter H and another now-obscured shelfmark appear on the spine. The number 33 is written in the upper right-hand margin of f.1.
Additions:Occasional marginal notes and corrections in a contemporary bastarda hand in the first text. Notes much more frequent in a contemporary bastarda in remaining texts. Note on the bottom of fol. 134 in an approximation of roman capitalis rustica.
There are several ex libris notes on the front pastedown in different hands: "Pro ecclesis in Reichenbach, 1493" "Liber Johannis Andree de Nyssa detur post mortem suam Ioseph Czelfkendorf in Cracovia." "Anno domi MCCCCLXXX quarto in crastino nativitatis sancti Johannis baptiste iste liber donatus est mihi Martino Leheure per honorabiles viros dominos Nicolaum Halbendorff, canonicum Nissensem et Martinum Kwineyse vicecantorem ecclesie maioris Wratislavi executores ultimi voluntatis olim domini Johannis Andree de Nissa cuius anima in pace quiescat."