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Bod-Inc: J-253


Digestum vetus [with the Glossa ordinaria of Accursius and the Summaria of Petrus Fossanus].


Analysis of Content

aa1r [Title-page, in red.] ‘Digestum vetus.’

aa2r Digestum vetus (books i–xxiv.2). ‘In nomine Domini Iesu Christi. Imperator Iustinianus, Cesar Flavius Alamanicu Gotichus Franchus Germanicus Atticus Africus Vandalicus Pius Felix Inclitus victor ac triumphator semper augustus Theophilo et Dorotheo viris illustribus et antecessoribus Salutem.’ Incipit: ‘[O]mnem totius reipublice nostre ...’ aa3v Explicit: ‘... et si concubinam sibi adhibuerit idem erit probandum.’ See J‑245.

aa2r Accursius: Glossa ordinaria. Incipit: ‘  “[I]n nomine domini” Amen. Imperator dicitur quia imperat subditis. Justinianus a patre Justino . . .’ aa3v Explicit: ‘... habere in sponsam. Accur.’ The order of the last three glosses is as in J‑250.

aa3v Petrus Fossanus: Summaria. Incipit: ‘  “Hec autem tria.” Supradictum est qualiter iura tradi debent . . .’ The Summaria are printed in red before the gloss, and consist mainly of excerpts from Bartolus de Saxoferrato, but in some passages also from Alexander de Tartagnis, Paulus de Castro, Baldus de Ubaldis, and Albericus de Rosate; see GW VII col. 121.

MM10r Colophon: ‘Opus totius iuris civilis utilissimum magna cum diligentia et emendatione scriptum una cum summariis doctorum in preclarissima Venetorum urbe Andreas Thoresanus de Asula suis arte et impensis feliciter explevit. Anno salutis Millesimo quadringentesimo nonagesimo primo septimo kalendas aprilis.’ [m.e. in red.]

MM10r Fossanus, Petrus: [Letter addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘[C]odicem .ff. veteris Ceruberans sane ciuilis sapientie . . .’ Dated Venice, 26 Mar. 1491.

MM10v [Table of contents.] ‘tabula rubricarum. Sequitur tabula alphabetica rubricarum suprascripti Digesti Veteris per quam quisque eas facillime poterit invenire suis in locis positas.’ [explicit on MM11r, register on MM11v.]


Imprint: Venice: Andreas Torresanus de Asula, 26 Mar. 1491. Folio.

Secundo folio: (running title) Proemium (glosa and textus) In nomine Domini


Collation: aa8 bb–zz [et et] [con con] [rum rum] AA–LL10 MM12.


ISTC: ij00554000

GW: GW 7675;

Hain: H *9556;

Goff: Goff J‑554;

BMC: BMC V 309;

Proctor: Pr 4725;

Others: BSB‑Ink C‑607; Rhodes 621; Sack, Freiburg, 1131; Sheppard 3793-4.

LCN: 14547287


Copy number: J-253(1)

Wanting the blank leaf MM12. The title is mutilated.

Binding: Contemporary German (Tübingen, Johannes Zoll, Kyriß workshop no. 70) blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with two metal clasps. Numbered parchment index tabs dyed red or green. Title and ‘25' on a square paper label in the middle of the spine, in a modern hand. Quintuple fillets form an intersecting double frame. Within the outer frame, square stags, circular rosettes, lozenge-shaped eagle and scroll stamps; in the inner rectangle headed-outline tools make up merrythoughts, each containing a fleuron stamp. On the lower cover, lozenge-shaped floral stamps instead of the eagle stamps. Small floral stamps at the intersection of the fillets; see Kyriß pl. 141, nos 2-8.

Size: 438 × 292 × 90 mm.

Size of leaf: 425 × 282 mm.

Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and commenting on the text, in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century hands.

Provenance: Samuel Butler (1774-1839); sale, pt II, lot 918. Purchased for £0. 10. 0; see annotated sale catalogue; listed without the price in Books Purchased (1840), 34.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q inf. 2.14.

Copy number: J-253(2)

Wanting the blank leaf MM12.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf over pasteboards covered with green cloth. Probably rebound for Sotheby's: the spine is detached, revealing paper underneath with text in English, which would suggest an English binding; given that it is not a typical Bodleian binding, the probability is that it was bound for Sotheby's. Numbered parchment index tabs.

Size: 435 × 284 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 427 × 277 mm.

A few pointing hands.

On aa2r a nine-line initial ‘O' is supplied in interlocked red and blue on a square ground made of purple pen-work decoration; red pen-work decoration in the area defined by the letter. Other initials are supplied in blue, some with reserved white decoration.

Provenance: Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Franciscans; a heavily erased inscription: ‘Sum Conuentus Brulensis(?) | 13/3'; ‘F 5'; similar inscriptions on J‑258 (Infortiatum), J‑266 (Digestum novum), and J‑279(2) (Novellae constitutiones). J‑253(2), J‑258, and J‑266 are decorated in the same style, and have the same numbered index tabs; no Bodleian copy of the Institutiones has this provenance; otherwise this constitutes a complete set of the Corpus Iuris. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 2227; purchased for £0. 14. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 16.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q 1.15.

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