Sixth Book of Papal Letters

Liber Sextus Decretalium

German
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1400–50
Author of text Pope Boniface VIII (about 1234–1303)


Place of Manufacture: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

Overall (page dimensions): 36.7 x 26.4 cm (14 7/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.523

Medium or Technique

Ink and pencil (modern) on parchment

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Manuscripts

The Sixth Book of Papal Letters of Pope Boniface VIII, each page with with two columns of 50 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines light plummet, margins doubled and full-length to all edges; writing lines, in light plummet, do not cross intercolumnar space, prickings preserved in upper and lower margins for bounding lines, in outer margin for writing lines.

Written in a German bâtarde script in black ink with red rubrics. Red heading reads “Liber sextus Titulus XLVIIus.”

Inscription

Nineteenth-century pencil notation in lower left margin of f. 2v reads "Liber sextus MS circ. 1420."

Provenance

By 1913, Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1917, gift of Dr. Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917)

NOTES:
[1] From 1913 until it was accessioned, this manuscript was on loan to the MFA from Dr. Denman Waldo Ross.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection