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Bod-Inc: J-245


Digestum vetus [with the Glossa ordinaria of Accursius].


Analysis of Content

Subject: law-civil

a1v [Preface on the edition.] Incipit: ‘[S]i genus hominum et mortalium uitam animaduortimus, nihil est profecto . . .’ ... in dies maioris fructus suscipies. Laus Deo.

a2r Digestum vetus (books i–xxiv.2). ‘[I]n nomine domini Iesu Christi Imperator Iustinianus Cesar Flavius Alamanicus Atticus Alafricus [sic] Vandalicus Pius felix inclytus victor ac triumphator semper augustus. Theophilo et Dorotheo viris illustribus et antecessoribus. Salutem.’ Incipit: ‘[O]mnem totius reipu[blice] ...’ ee8v Explicit: ‘... idem erit probandum vel dicendum.’ ‘Explicit Liber secunde partis digesti veteris feliciter.’ CIC I 10-2; 29-356.

a2r [Accursius]: Glossa ordinaria. Incipit: ‘  “[I]n nomine domini” Amen. Imperator quia imperat subditis sic dicitur. Justinianus a patre Justino . . .’ ee8v Explicit: ‘... [Note]m Dicendum quia constante ma. eam habere non licet ut C. de concu. l. i. Accursius.’

ee8v [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Hoc opus exactum tenta celeberrime lector. | Si bene, si recte, charta notata manet ... Digestumque vetus nunc tibi semper habe. [3 elegiac distichs.]

ee8v Colophon: ‘Confectum hoc opus ex officina Magistri Iacobi Galici Rubeorum familia in urbe Venetiarum inclyta. Olympiadibus serenissimi principis d.d. Andree Vendramini. Anno. M.cccclxxvii. undecimas klendas [sic] decembres [sic].’

ee9r ‘Rubrice primi libri . . . Incipit secundus liber . . . incipit liber xxiiii.’ Incipit: ‘De iustitia et iure . . .’ Explicit: ‘De divortiis et repudiis. Finis.’


Imprint: Venice: Jacobus Rubeus, 21 Nov. 1477. Folio.

Secundo folio: (a3, glossa) quod habeo et per hoc (textus) aliis deviis et incognitis constitutis


Collation: a10 b–f8 g h10 i–o8 p q10 r–x8 y10 z8 [et]10 [con] [rum] A–D8 E10 F–M8 N O10 P–T8 U10 X8 aa–dd8 ee10.


ISTC: ij00547000

GW: GW 7657;

Hain: H *9546;

Goff: Goff J‑547;

BMC: BMC V 216;

Proctor: Pr 4250;

Others: BSB‑Ink C‑597; Hillard 677a; Sack, Freiburg, 1123; Sheppard 3430.

LCN: 14545623


Copy number: J-245(1)

Acccording to a paper slip signed by G. D. Amery, dated 30 May 1913, pasted in the front of the volume, the last word of the text on X7r in a copy of this edition ceded to the British Museum Library (now the British Library) read ‘defēdent̄', whereas the present Bodleian copy reads ‘defēdit̄' correctly.

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, two clasps and catches, bosses, and centre-piece lost. Manuscript title and typographical details on two paper labels respectively at the head and tail of the spine. ‘114', crossed out, and ‘222' on two small labels at the head of the spine. Triple fillets form a frame. Diagonal triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, each subdivided respectively into four or three triangular compartments by double fillets. An apex stamp on the hypotenuse of each triangle; floral stamps at the intersection of the fillets. Strips of manuscript parchment visible in the binding; cf. the binding of J‑249.

Size: 443 × 280 × 110 mm.

Size of leaf: 430 × 272 mm.

Manuscript list of contents in an early German hand on a paper leaf pasted onto front pastedown. In the same hand also another list of contents, in alphabetical order, on ee10r; manuscript foliation in the upper right-hand corner of the rectos, some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, and pointing hands. Early running book numbers and chapter headings in red. Typographical note by G. D. Amery, dated 30 May 1913, on paper pasted onto a1r.

Five- to eleven-line initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue at the beginning of each book. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Four unidentified (German?) emblazoned shields: argent, a cock sable armed and spurred of the second, combed and jelopped gules; per fess gules and sable two bars dancetty argent; party per chevron, gules above and sable below, overlaid with a saltire argent; per fess argent, in chief bendy-sinister sable and in base a corbie of the second. Franz Töpsl (1711-1796). Polling, diocese of Augsburg, Bavaria, Augustinian Canons, SS. Jacobus, Salvator and S. Crux; book-plate; see Warnecke 1603. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; Munich shelfmark ‘Inc. Typ. No. 222' and ‘Duplum' on a1r; duplicate number ‘2682' in pencil on ee10v. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); sale (1835), lot 2221; purchased for £1. 11. 6; see Books Purchased (1835), 16.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q 1.15.

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