13th Century Manuscript Copy of a Papal Decretal Concerning Prescription of Ecclesiastical Property [Manuscript]. [Canon Law]. [Clement, III (1130-1191), Pope]. [Leaf from a Papal Decretal Concerning Prescription of Ecclesiastical Property.]. Germany?, c. 1220-1234.  pp. Folio (12-3/4" x 9-1/2"). Parchment leaf, light soiling and a few faint stains, fold lines and tiny holes, pieces removed from corners with minor loss to text. 50-line rubricated text in gothic hand in 2 columns surrounded by glosses, 8 vividly colored lombard initials with flourishes in red and blue, 4-line ornamented incipit beginning with 14-line initial "P" in red and blue, with elaborate flourishes. A few faint later annotations. A fine example of a high-medieval legal manuscript. $3,500. * An extensive text fragment from a thirteenth-century copy of a papal decretal concerning prescription of ecclesiastical property with later commentary. The leaf is the first leaf of an important legal collection composed by Johannes Galensis ca. 1210 and named Compilatio secunda. The leaf contains the first title of Book 1 On constitutions (De constitutionibus) and the second title On rescripts (De rescriptis) lacking only the last decretal of the title. The Ordinary Gloss of Tancred of Bologna is in the margins. Tancred was the leading jurist at the law school at Bologna. The date of the leaf is ca. 1220-1234. The remaining 8 decretals under De rescriptis treat a variety of subjects. The text begins with the incipit "De constitutionibus - Preterea de lege illa vel errore quam cives tuos asseris statuisse." The large initial "P" and the word "Preterea," are highlighted by alternating red and blue embellishments. The commentary provides a detailed exegesis of this passage.
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