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Henricus Bohic, Distinctiones in libros quinque Decretalium: MS Marlay 13

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Henricus Bohic, Distinctiones in libros quinque Decretalium


Author: Bohic, Henricus




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 146 fols. + i paper flyleaf, 410 x 290 mm (280 x 190 mm), two columns, 60-62 lines, ruled in plummet, quire and leaf signatures, catchwords written diagonally in the centre of lower margins.

BINDING: Nineteenth century, blue leather over wooden boards, with metal pieces probably re-used from earlier binding: corner-pieces (four on each cover), octagonal centre pieces with a cut-out rosette (one on each cover), two catchplates on upper cover, and two clasps attached to blue leather straps on lower cover.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r-146r Henricus Bohic, Distinctiones in libros quinque Decretalium, Commentary on Bk I.

ORNAMENTATION: Gold initial [G, 3 ll.] with blue pen-flourished infill and extensions, space [32 ll.] above it left blank for a column miniature, and three-sided gold and blue bar border with roundels and lozenges surrounded by elaborate red and blue pen-flourished designs, and quarterfoil containing an unidentified coat of arms, or six fetterlocks sable, on a pale gules two fetterlocks sable; blue, green or mauve white-patterned initials [10-12 ll.] on gold grounds, with acanthus infill and extensions (e.g. fols. 26v, 32v, 63v, 68v, 74r, 92r, 127v, 133v) or with infill of interlaced ivy-leaf branches and gold bars extending the full length of the text column and terminating in ivy-leaf branches (e.g. fols. 2r, 11v, 63v, 82r); alternate red and blue penwork initials [2-4 ll.] with blue or red pen-flourished infill and extensions; alternate red and blue paraph marks; calligraphic ascenders extending from top text lines into upper margins.


History note: Unidentified coat of arms (fol. 1r); Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831–1912); his bequest, 1912.

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Late 14th Century
Circa 1390 CE - Circa 1399 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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  • Text: [nemi]ni liceat
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS Marlay 13
Primary reference Number: 178837
Project ID: 1343
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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