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Ms. Codex 61 - [Assizes of Romania]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 61 - [Assizes of Romania]
Liber consuetudinum Imperii Romaniae.
[Assizes of Romania] [manuscript].
[Venice?, between 1500 and 1525]
Physical description:
43 leaves : paper ; 283 x 193 (195 x 135) mm. bound to 290 x 196 mm.
Statutes, etc. of the Latin empire of Constantinople (f. 1r-37r). Also contains a section on Achaea (f. 37v-38v); a list of obscure words (f. 39v); and an index (f. 40r-43v).
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
Title from heading (f. 1r): Statuti et usanze del imperio de Romania (version on spine label: Statuti & usanz. dell' imp. di Roman.).
Title from f. [i] verso: Statuti dell'imperio Latino-Constantinopolitano. This is written in blue pencil in a later hand.
Heading on f. 1r: Questo sie libro de statuti et usanze del imperio de Romania ordinade et stabilide al tempo de li serenissimi signori conte balduini de fiandra misser Bonifacio marchese de monfera [i.e. Montferrata?]: misser Rigodandulo doxe de venexia: e molti altri baroni: In el tempo che fo conquestado lo imperio de Constantinopoli: MCIIII [sic; with small circles over the M, C and fourth I].
Foliation: Paper, i (18th-century[?] paper) + 43 + i (18th-century[?] paper); 1-3¹⁰, 4¹², 5²; [1-43]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Catchwords written vertically, top to bottom, lower right corner of last verso of each quire.
Script: Written in a humanistic cursive script.
Binding: 18th-century[?] Italian vellum over pasteboards. Endpapers have an imprinted design with gold leaf. (The binding is typical of Soranzo's books; see J. B. Mitchell, p. 130.). Mitchell, J.B. "Trevisan and Soranzo ..." Bodleian Lib. Record, v. VIII, no. 3, (February 1969), pp. 125-135.
Origin: Written in Venice[?] in the early 16th century (Zacour-Hirsch).
All of the leaves show water and mildew damage.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 61
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 61
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