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Bod-Inc: L-206

Lyndewode, Guilelmus

Constitutiones provinciales ecclesiae Anglicanae.


Analysis of Content

a2r Lyndewode, Guilelmus: ‘Prologus' [addressed to] Henricus Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury. Incipit: ‘[R]euerendissimo in Christo patri ac domino domino Henrico dei gracia Canturiensi(!) archiepiscopo tocius Anglie primati . . . capellanus deuotissimus Quilielmus(!) Lyndewode inter vtriusque iuris doctores . . .’

a2v Lyndewode, Guilelmus: Constitutiones provinciales ecclesiae Anglicanae. Incipit: ‘[I]gnorancia sacerdotum et infra ne quis per ignoranciam se excuset . . .’ See B. E. Ferme, ‘The Provinciale of William Lyndwood: the Sources, Contents and Influence', unpublished D.Phil. thesis, University of Oxford, 1987, passim; A. Compton Reeves, ‘The Careers of William Lyndwood', in Documenting the Past: Essays in Medieval History Presented to George Peddy Cuttino, ed. J. S. Hamilton and Patricia J. Bradley (Wolfeboro, NH, and Woodbridge, 1989), 214-15; C. R. Cheney, ‘William Lyndwood's Provinciale’, Jurist, 21 (1961), 405-34, repr. in C. R. Cheney, Medieval Texts and Studies (Oxford, 1973), 158-84; see Sharpe, Latin Writers, no. 2112.

a2v Lyndewode, Guilelmus: [Gloss on Constitutiones.] Incipit: ‘  “[I]gnorantia sacerdotum et infra”. Istud capitulum diuiditur in duas partes principales . . .’

aa2r ‘Tabula constitucionum'.

aa3r Wilhelmus de Tylia: [Alphabetical index.] ‘Tabula compendiosa'. The author of the ‘tabula' is named at the end, and its date of completion is given as the Conversion of S. Paul (25 Jan.) 1433.

dd8r [Table of constitutions of Archbishops of Canterbury.] ‘Constitutiones vtiliores singulorum archiepiscoporum Cantuariensium'.


Imprint: [Oxford: Theodoricus Rood, 1483]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard; BMC dates [c.1483-4]. For variant settings see George Chawner, A List of the Incunabula in the Library of King's College, Cambridge (Cambridge, 1908), 52-3, no. 192.


Collation: a–c8 d6 e–i8 k6 l–o8 p6 q–s8 t6 v–y8 z6 A–D8 E6 F–N8 O6 P–R8 S10 aa–cc8 dd10.

Illustrations: On a1v a woodcut of Lyndewode at work: see Hodnett no. 2359, and BMC.


ISTC: il00413000

Hain: HC 10357;

Goff: Goff L‑413;


Proctor: Pr 9753;

Others: Chawner no. 192; CIBN L‑306; Duff 278; Madan 3-4, no. 4 (14); Oates 4170-1; Rhodes 1132; Sheppard 7498-502; STC 17102.

LCN: 14113494, 14113513


Copy number: L-206(1)

Chawner's setting ‘B' (with short initial ‘I'). On a2r incipit as Duff.

Binding: Seventeenth-century English (Oxford, ‘GK') blind-tooled calf over wooden boards. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the tail of the upper cover. On both covers intersecting triple fillets form concentric frames. Within the central frame is an ornamental roll (Gibson, Oxford Bindings, pl. xxxviii, roll xii, Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. li, no. 857, and Ker, Pastedowns, pl. ii), repeated within the inner frame. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library is on both covers. Rebacked.

Size: 382 × 265 × 100 mm.

Size of leaf: 360 × 253 mm.

Four parchment endleaves (two at each end) of a fourteenth-century manuscript of a commentary on the Digestum novum, titles 46.3.10 (De solutionibus et liberationibus l. Quod stipulatus) to 46.3.16 (l. Sub condicione) (on the rear endleaves), and (l. Cum quis sibi, from the section Si debitorem) to 46.3.63 (l. Si debitor) (on the upper endleaves): see Ker, Pastedowns, no. 1130; the final rear endleaf is too badly rubbed for further identification.

Some early marginal notes, including comments on the text, and ‘nota' marks.

On a2r an eight-line initial ‘R', and on a2v a six-line initial ‘I', both of which are supplied in interlocked red and blue, within a red pen-work border, and with red pen-work decoration and extensions into the margins; other three- to seven-line initials are supplied in red or blue, with those at the beginning of each book also having red pen-work decoration and extensions into the margins; paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Acquired by 1605: see James, Catalogus (1605), p. 243.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: L 4.8 Jur. (James, Catalogus (1620), p. 295); Auct. 1Q 1.4; Auct. R sup. 12; Arch. F b.4; Inc. b. E2.1485.1.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G b.3.

Copy number: L-206(2)

Gatherings a–e are in a different setting, Chawner's setting A (with tall initial ‘I'); not noted by Madan. a2r, col. 1, l.9: ‘cia Cantu | arien̄. ar= | chiepiſcopo tocius āglie primati | . . .'. c2r, col. 1, ‘aggregationis' as Chawner's setting A, but on the penultimate, rather than the last, line. Sheet e3.6 is in the same setting as the other copy. On e6r, col. 1 is repeated the text (`Cum ſacri iſta ɂſtitutio . . .') which occupies e5v, col. 2, lines 11-57. After e6v the text which in the other setting occupies e7r, col. 1, l. 1–col. 2, l. 3 is omitted.

Wanting a1, C5, E4, K1, M6, and all after R5.

Leaf g8 almost completely torn out; A6-8, Q5, 8, and R1 mutilated. Sheets b3.6 and b4.5 have been transposed.

Binding: Nineteenth-century English blind-tooled calf. Probably formerly chained: slight rust scars on a2. Rebacked.

Size: 362 × 253 × 72 mm.

Size of leaf: 342 × 225 mm.

Early marginal annotations, including comments on the text, extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands, also corrections to some of the headlines, and underlining in the text in black ink.

Three- to eight-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Thomas Browne (†1587); inscription on a2r: ‘M. Thomas Broune clericus olim possessor huius libri'. Oxford, University College; book-plate, with shelfmarks ‘S.19.8' (cancelled), and ‘HH.24 (Cellar)'; ‘List of Rare Books', p. 1. Deposited in 1941 by the Master and Fellows of University College, Oxford.

SHELFMARK: Univ. Coll. c.30.

Copy number: L-206(3)

Bound in a modern guard-book of fragments.

Leaf D2 only.

Size of fragment: 305 × 201 mm.

Provenance: [William?] Hayes (1756-?post 1821). Philip Bliss (1787-1857). John Griffiths (1806-1885); unsigned note (by Falconer Madan) on D2r: ‘No doubt from a Bodley binding. Hayes probably sold [gave (cancelled)] it to Dr Bliss. [He gave it (cancelled)] It passed from him to Dr Griffiths among whose papers it was found in 1886'. Acquired in 1886.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. R sup. 17.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. E7.1(6).

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