Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 6 (S.1.6)
Title: Lectura super Infortiato
Images: [ MS Hunter 6 fol. 1r ] [ MS Hunter 6 fol. 143r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Bartoli de Saxoferrato, Lectura super Infortiato.
Bartolo di Sassoferrato's Treatise on "Infortiatum" (one of the three mediŠval divisions of the Digests):
Begins (1, 2 recto col. a, line 1): De legatis primo Rubrica [rubric] | P [historiated and richly gilt initial] er omnia | dicit textus fidei commis | sis singularibus et |.
Ends (19, 10 recto col. b, lines 40-4): Explicit Lectura Domini Bartholi. | De Saxoferrato legum doctoris Eximii super | Infortiato.
On 1, 2 recto is a picture occupying nearly the top half of the page, representing a man, clean shaven, in bed, with red capped head on white bolster (cap turned up with white lambs-wool) having his bare right arm extended over the bed-step, and his left detained upon the turned-down sheet (white, with blue embroidery and fringe) by a man in a light brown skull cap, red tunic, ermine tippet and green bag or hood(?) flung over right shoulder. Next him stands a stout old woman with outstretched right arm, in full, yellow sleeve fitting close at wrist, in a green mantle fitting close to throat and with a red coif turned up with white in front. Behind these two is another figure, in brown mantle, ermine tippet, green hood turned up with white. Turning away from these is a fourth figure in a black mantle and cowl covering all but his face. These figures are on the far side of the bed. On the near side sits a man in a green mantle and full sleeves, with a black hood on his head, turned up with green, writing apparently to dictation, with parchment on his knee, and showing red hose. Behind him a young man in high-collared, full-sleeved mantle of the same colour as the skull cap above mentioned. The floor is bricked, the bed cover of alternate broad stripes of red and blue, the bedstead and slight cornice-canopy yellowish brown, background ultramarine, picked out with white ornamental border, all encased, sides and top with a border of orange red. The whole page is floreated, and the initial P contains miniature of man in green, high-collared, long-sleeved mantle, embracing a woman in red, long-sleeved, low-necked gown. Dr. James notes: "This represents a man making his will." At the bottom are armorial bearings, a shield set in solid gold border, in chief, (azure), three six-rayed stars, white (argent), beneath, the sun's face, (gules), lies horizontally, rayed, yellow (or), the left cheek obscured by the upper part of the shield.
Bartolo, the famous Italian jurist, lived 1313-1355.
[Formerly R.2.5; R.2.14].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 16Ż x 11 1/8, ff. 189 (originally ff. 190), written in Italian hand in double cols. of 65 lines, each 11 1/8 x 3 1/8, margined with brown crayon, lined with plummet, no signatures or foliation, catchwords, illuminated initials, red and blue initials with violet and red ornament and gestures, rubrics, rubricated running titles and paragraph marks alternately red and blue, letters at foot of page prolonged into faces, circles enclosing fleur de lys, etc., rare marginalia, clean, much cropped at top, fol. sec. Delegatis. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered cardinal red calf, gilt-tooled, inside margins, edges, sides and panelled back, gilt over blue mottled edges, title (gilt): EXPLI. LECTV. | D. BARTO. DE | SAXO FERRA | LEG DOC. EXIM | SVP. IN FORTI. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 9.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Treatise
Notes: Vol. 1 shelved at Hunterian Add. f91.
This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989.
Bibliography: Bartolo of Sassoferrato, Lectura Domini Bartoli super secunda Infortiati parte: peroptime a famosissimis emendata viris (Venice, 1475); Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 73; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 9; Epistolario di Abelardo ed Eloisa; a cura di Ileana Pagani. (Torino, 2004). Detail from fol. 1r illustrated p. 338.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Bartolo of Sassoferrato 1315-1355
Italian jurist.
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
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