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Marston MS 231 Spain, s. XIII/XIV
Thomas Aquinas, Questiones de undecim quodlibet
1. ff. 1r-134r [I] Quesitum est de deo angelo et homine. de deo quesitum
est...[II, f. 14r:] Quesitum est de christo de angelis de hominibus. Circa
christum quesita sunt...[XI, f. 123v:] Questio nostra circa tria versabatur.
primo circa ea que pertinent ad naturam...per prius intendemus christi
diuinitati quam humanitati. Explicit quodlibet fratris thome deo gracias.
P. Glorieux, La Litterature quodlibetique de 1260 a 1320 (Le Saulchoir,
1925) pp. 277-88; the order here corresponds to Glorieux I-VII, IX-XI,
VIII, with VII ending on f. 97r with questio 16 ("...licet inde trahi possit
per argumentacoem [sic]"). Contemporary annotations throughout.
2. ff. 134v-137v Utrum beatus benedictus quando vidit totum mundum viderit
diuinam essentiam/ Utrum in christo sint due ffiliaciones/...Utrum beati
prius ferantur ad contemplandam christi humanitatem quam eius diuinitatem.
ff. 138r-140v blank
Table for art. 1; Glorieux, ibid. An early hand has added running
headlines, foliated art. 1 with Arabic numerals and numbered each entry
in the table with the corresponding folio reference.
Parchment, ff. ii (parchment) + 140 (medieval foliation 1-134 for art. 1),
171 x 127 (122 x 92) mm. 2 columns, 37-40 lines. Single vertical and
horizontal bounding lines, full across. Ruled in lead; remains of prickings
in upper, lower and outer margins.
I-XVII 8, XVIII 4. Catchwords, some with decorative flourishes, below
inner text column, verso. Remains of quire and leaf signatures, s. xv, lower
right corner, recto.
Written in small gothic bookhand, above top line.
Initials divided red and blue, 7-line on f. 1r (for I) and 6-line on
f. 87r (for VII), with intricate red and purple penwork designs. Flourished
initials, 3-line, red with purple designs (throughout), blue with red (ff.
1r-40v) and purple with red (ff. 41r-134r); penwork designs characterized by
spiky extensions on margins. Paragraph marks red, blue and purple. Helical
line fillers in red, red and blue, red and purple. Some letters stroked
Binding: Spain, s. xv. Wound sewing on three tawed skin, double thongs
laced from out to inside beech boards. Yellow edges. Plain wound, natural
color endbands are sewn on tawed skin cores laid in grooves on the outside of
the boards and tied down over strips of leather.
Covered in brick-red sheepskin, with central
panel and one frame filled with rope interlace, another frame with a
floral motif. Metallic annular dots. Two fastenings, the catches on the
lower board. The straps are blue fabric, attached with star-headed nails;
one wanting, as is the spine leather. Traces of chain fastening on lower board.
Written in Spain at the end of the 13th or beginning of the 14th century.
Belonged to the Library of the Santa Iglesia del Pilar and the
Biblioteca del Cabildo in Saragossa (no. 1299; H. V. Shooner, ed., Codices
manuscripti operum Thomae de Aquino v. 3 [Montreal and Paris, 1985]
p. 33). The bookplate on the front pastedown ("Ex libris Francisci Roux
et amicorum") was apparently added in the 1950s (see also provenance for
Marston MS 232). Purchased in 1959 from Enzo Ferrajoli through Nicolas
Rauch, Geneva, by L. C. Witten (inv. no. 2502), who sold it the same
year to Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
secundo folio: alia qua
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 91, no. 231.
Barbara A. Shailor