- [France, 11--]
258 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 279 x 199 (198 x 103) mm. bound to 293 x 208 mm.
- Canon law -- Early works to 1800.
Ecclesiastical law -- France.
Sacraments -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Latin -- 12th century.
- Prologue (f. 3-16r) and text in 8 parts (f. 16r-254r), with description of contents (f. 14r-16r); text is drawn from papal letters, councils, and teachings of the Church fathers.
- Ms. codex.
Title from Zacour-Hirsch Catalogue.
Collation: Parchment, i (modern paper) + 258 + i (modern paper); 1², 2-32⁸; [1-258]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Earlier foliation (not contemporary with text) in ink begins with 1 at the start of the text (f. 16r), misnumbered and crossed out; ink foliation ends with 242-245 preceding 238-241, which suggests that in an earlier binding the final gathering was arranged differently; in the present binding, the text is continuous through f. 254 (marked 245 in the ink foliation) and f. 255-258 mostly repeats the text of f. 251-254. Numbers and catchwords at the ends of the quires.
Layout: Written in 26 long lines; ruled in lead; prickings visible.
Script: Written in a large, regular Gothic book script by a single hand.
Decoration: Rubricated in red, blue, and green, with decorated initials; large illuminated initial with an amusing grotesque figure, in red, blue, and green (f. 204v); illustrated with a biblical canon in columns decorated with borders and ornaments in red and blue (f. 56v-57r); incomplete diagram of affinity (f. 226r).
Binding: Modern quarter vellum over wooden boards; vellum split at front hinge, upper cover and spine nearly detached.
Origin: Written in France, 12th century (Zacour-Hirsch).
Incipit, text: Incipiunt decreta sanctorum pontificum. De fide sanctae trinitatis. Credimus unum deum esse patrem & filium & sanctumque spiritum (f. 16r).
Incipit prologus super exceptiones decretorum sanctorum pontificum. Exceptiones ecclesiasticarum regularum partim ex epistolis romanorum pontificum... (f. 3r).
The text is not entirely complete, ending after what is marked as Chapter CXXXVI in Patrologia latina.
- Penn Provenance:
- Formerly in the library of the cathedral of Sant-Gatien (Tours, France; Ms. 193, inscription bottom center f. 1r), as recorded in a catalog printed in 1706 (Delisle).
Formerly owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps, ms. 7408, purchased in Paris in 1838.
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 17 July 1950, lot 26.
Sold by Laurence C. Witten (New Haven, Conn.), 1956.
- Cited in:
- Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 13 (Ms. Latin 58).
Listed in Delisle, Léopold. Notice sur les manuscrits disparus de la Bibliothèque de Tours pendant la première moitié du XIXe siècle (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1883), p. 74 (Notice LIV).
- Cited as:
- UPenn Ms. Codex 723.
- Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, former owner.
Saint-Gatien (Cathedral : Tours, France), former owner.
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- Access to this item is subject to staff review.
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