Title from explicit (f. 147r).
Foliation: Parchment, 147; [1-147]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. 12 bifolia are missing with loss of text
(4, 3, 3, and 2 bifolia following f. 11, 28, 126, and 145 respectively) in Book 1, the beginning of Book 2, and Book 5; the
modern foliation does not account for the missing leaves.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 25 lines; ruled in lead.
Script: Written in an early Gothic book hand.
Decoration: Historiated initial with a portrait of Gregory IX (f. 4r); large illuminated initials in blue, pink, and gold
at beginning of table of contents and Books 3-5 (f. 1r, 61r, 96v, 111r); initials at beginning of chapters alternate between
red with blue penwork and blue with red penwork; red or blue capital L and red and blue roman numerals in upper margins indicating
book divisions; small initials throughout alternate between blue and red; rubrics in red.
Binding: 15th-century sheepskin over wooden boards; blind ruling and stamped heraldic eagles and flowers visible on lower
cover; upper cover and edges smoke-damaged; metal clasp; chain, probably 17th-century, of 7 hourglass-shaped links attached
to decorative boss at head of lower cover.
Origin: Written in France between 1250 and 1299.