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Diploma of Doctorate in Canon and Civil Law: MS 354

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Current Location: In storage


Diploma of Doctorate in Canon and Civil Law




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i contemporary paper flyleaf + 8 fols. + i contemporary paper flyleaf, 235 x 170 mm (180 x 130 mm), 15 long lines, ruled in hardpoint.

BINDING: Contemporary, painted and gold-tooled Italian red morocco over pasteboards, sewn on three supports, remains of four red silk ties.

CONTENTS: fols. 2r-8r Diploma of Doctorate in Canon and Civil Law granted to Francisco Magioli de Monte San Vito on 8 November 1645, signed by three witnesses, Constantius Peregrinus, Franciscus Paleotti and Joannes Baptista Ramandinus (fol. 8r).

DECORATION: Two historiated initials in gold ink on plain parchment: fol. 2r [G, 6 ll.] St Francis receiving the stigmata, with a half-page heading surrounded by foliage, showing the Virgin and Child in glory, and including IN CHRISTI NOMINE AMEN written in gold ink Italic capitals; fol. 4r [C, 5 ll.] St Anthony of Padua kneeling before an open book, with the Christ Child descending from clouds to offer him a spray of lilies.

ORNAMENTATION: Full-page framed armorial achievement of the Magioli de Monte San Vito. On a triple mount an olive tree proper surmounted by a dove, in the canton a star or with a comet’s tail, in the crest a dove and a scroll with the motto MELIORA; all pages are framed within triple ruled lines.


History note: Made for Francisco Magioli de Monte San Vito (in the Marche region) in 1645; acquired by James Stewart Henderson (d.1933) in June 1887 (date pencilled on his armorial bookplate inside the upper cover); his bequest, 1933.

Place(s) associated

  • Bologna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933) by Henderson, James Stewart

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: omnibus pristinis
  • Location: Fol. 3r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 354
Primary reference Number: 183611
Project ID: 3511
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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