BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 34 (olim Z111.0134m) Spain, 1487, 1686
Carta Ejecutoria, etc. (in Sp.)
I. 1. ff. 3v-13r Carta ejecutoria, or letter of nobility, granted to
Don Alfonso Rodriguez (Tinagero Rodriguez de la Escalera) by the
authority of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel of Castile. Issued in
Salamanca, 1487. Seal missing. ff. 13v-18v blank
II. 2. ff. 19r-74v Numerous documents (all dated 1686)
concerning a lawsuit involving Don Diego Tinagero Rodriguez de la
Escalera of Seville, a descendent of Alfonso Rodriguez.
The codex is composed of two distinct sections bound together in
the 18th [?] century, but with additional folios inserted: ff. iv
(paper; watermarks similar in type to Heawood 743, with letters BL in
central circle, heart in lower circle, and the number 4 below) + ii
(parchment bifolium, s. xvii, with illumination) + 11 (Part I:
parchment; ff. 3-13) + ii (parchment bifolium) + iii (paper; watermark
similar in design to Heawood 743, with three circles in central circle
and blank lower circle) + 56 (Part II: paper, several watermarks
similar in design to Heawood 743 and 259-262; ff. 19-74) + iii (paper
with same watermarks as first four flyleaves). The manuscript is too
tightly bound to collate precisely.
Part I: 292 x 209 (218 x 150) mm. Written in 52 long lines; single
bounding lines; ruled in hard point or lead. Round gothic script by a
single scribe. Crude decorative border on f. 3v and REY (in gold,
outlined in black) may be later additions.
Part II: 307 x 204 mm. This section has no uniform format. Written
in various cursive hands. Many of the documents included appear to have
once been folded. Some loss of text due to trimming.
Folios 1v and 2r have crudely illuminated full-page miniatures, s.
xvii. Folio 1v: members of the Rodriguez family offering prayers to the
Madonna and Child. Folio 2r: arms of the Tinagero Rodriguez de la
Escalera family. (per pale, vert, a tower argent, being climbed by a
lion or holding a sword or in its teeth, on a ladder or, as a Moor [?]
proper falls headlong from the top; or, 4 staves [?] palewise in fess,
points to the base gules, hilted in brown [?]; border azur, with 8
crosses potent argent).
Binding: s. xviii? Thin wooden boards covered with dark brown
leather, flesh side out. Vermilion and green ribbon fastenings.
Part I was written in Salamanca in 1487; Part II in Seville in
1686. Nineteenth-century ownership inscription of Juan Antonio Bula [?]
on f. 77r. Presented to Yale University by Joseph M. Andreini in 1932.
secundo folio: pagar
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 1, pp. 168-69, no. 34.
Barbara A. Shailor