RAYMUNDUS de Penaforte Summa de Casibus Penitentio; De Matrimonio, [France, probably Paris, mid-thirteenth century]
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RAYMUNDUS de Penaforte
Summa de Casibus Penitentio; De Matrimonio, [France, probably Paris, mid-thirteenth century]
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RAYMUNDUS de Penaforte
Summa de Casibus Penitentio; De Matrimonio, 409 leaves, collation: 1-224, 3-512, 610, 7-812, 924, 10-1112, 12-1424, 15-2012, 2124, 2212, 2322, 24-2612, 55, apparently complete, text in two or three columns throughout, 34 lines, justification c.84 × 55mm., occasional 4 to 7-line illuminated initials in red and blue, with contrasting calligraphic ornaments, one with bar border, others, running headlines and rubrics in red and blue, occasional shoulder notes with calligraphic ornament, a few minor vellum flaws, first leaf slightly rubbed, with marginal wormtracks, the latter just affecting following leaf, nineteenth century blindstamped brown morocco over bevelled wooden boards in the style of Johannes de Lende, covers blocked with a device featuring his legend, rubbed, 130 x 94mm., [France, probably Paris, mid-thirteenth century]

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  • An early manuscript example of this manual of canon law for confessors by the Catalan Dominican friar Raymund de Penaforte (c.1175-1275). As a canon lawyer formerly at the University of Bologna, Raymund brought to his subject an exceptional rigour and Summa de Casibus Poenitentiae became one of the most popular books of its kind. The manuscript is typical of Parisian book production in the mid-thirteenth century, of diminutive size, with minute script and leaves of fine vellum. It contains numerous catchwords between gatherings, only some of which have been trimmed in binding. There are two early sequences of pagination, one in arabic (probably the earliest), the other in roman numerals, both containing several errors.

    Provenance: pale old inscription to lower margin of f.2 and small perforation to the same margin on ff.2-6 (a mark of ownership); 'Collection Jules Frésart, Chateau de Flone', nineteenth century bookplate.
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