BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Beinecke MS 338 Italy, s. XIV^^med
Guido da Baysio, Rosarium decretorum, pars II
ff. 1r-211v Quidam hic incipit .ij. pars huius operis in qua tractatur de
negotijs expedito tractatu de ministris...perfruamur sapientia cum patre et
spiritu sancto per infinita seculorum secula amen. Valeat uestra paternitas
quantum placet. [colophon:] Suscipe completi laudes o christe laboris. Quas
cordis leti uox subdita reddit amoris. Sit merces operis oratio sacra
legeritis que iungas superis. Nos toto robore mentis Sancte petre me tibi
recommendo sicut. Is qui tuus est seruus specialis. Amen.
Guido da Baysio, Rosarium decretorum, secunda pars; printed in
Strasbourg, 1473, by Johann Mentelin, and frequently thereafter (GKW v. 3, nos.
3744-49). Text defective throughout; see collation for missing leaves.
Parchment, ff. i (parchment) + i (contemporary parchment) + 211 + i
(contemporary parchment foliated 212) + i (parchment), 452 x 275 (354 x 194)
mm. Written in two columns of 85 lines. Single vertical and horizontal
bounding lines, ruled in hard point or sometimes lead; rulings for corrections
in outer, upper and lower margins. Prickings for vertical bounding lines in
upper and lower margins.
I-IV^^10, V^^10 (-10 after f. 49), VI^^10 (-1 before f. 50), VII^^10 (-4
after f. 61), VIII-XII^^10, XIII^^10 (-1 before f. 118), XIV^^10 (-2 after f.
127), XV^^10, XVI^^10 (-4 leaves, structure uncertain), XVII^^10 (-3 after f.
153), XVIII^^10 (-2 after f. 161), XIX^^4, XX-XXII^^10, XXIII^^8. Catchwords
(some decorated) in lower margin near inner vertical ruling, verso. Remains
of quire and/or leaf signatures in lower right corner, recto.
Written in elegant round gothic bookhand secundum pecias (see below).
Fine miniature and initials, closely related in style to the Decretals,
Vatican Lat. 1375, signed by the illuminator Jacopino da Reggio, as well as to
a group of late thirteenth-century Bolognese Bibles: Gerona Cathedral (no
number); El Escorial MS a. I. 5; London, British Library MS Add. 18720;
Oxford, Bod. Lib. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 57 (Paecht and Alexander, vol. 2, no.
90); Paris, Bib. Nat. MS lat. 18.
One miniature, f. 1r, 23-line, without frame, bishop enthroned under
baldachin instructing the clergy; two trees at sides; two birds above. In
lower margin, a roundel with a portrait of a student, in a blue, pink and white
frame, surrounded by spiral foliage and large gold dots. At the end of the
volume, f. 212v, a roundel with a portrait of an older man, with a thick red
and blue frame with blue, green, and gold dots. Thirty initials, 16- to
12-line (ff. 1r, 15v, 36r, 45r, 47v, 52r, 59r, 64r, 68v, 81r, 92v, 96v, 100r,
103v, 123v, 127r, 129r, 131r, 137v, 156v, 163r, 163v, 166r, 166v, 172r, 174r,
190r, 190v, 193r, 194r), most with a single, some with as many as three
figures, bishops, priests, monks, students, and women, either reading,
instructing or debating; in one case, f. 194r, a priest celebrating mass
(De consecratione). The figures set against navy blue grounds with white
filigree; the initials shaded pink, orange, red, blue and green against
square gold grounds with white filigree, framed in black, blue or green;
curling foliate serifs attached to bar stems in inner or central margin,
interrupted by initials in margin, blue, light blue, grey, pink, orange, red,
and black, extending full length of margin; with large spiral foliate terminals
with gold dots and flourishes in brown ink, often incorporating roundels, some
with additional figures or birds. Numerous small, 4-line, flourished initials,
red with blue flourishes and vice versa, as well as red and blue alternating
paragraph marks throughout. Running titles added along upper edge.
Binding: Date? Brown leather over wooden boards, possibly early.
Blind-tooled with concentric frames of fillets and a rectangular rope
tool. Hearts in a central panel. Four fastenings, the catches on the
upper board. Heavily restored.
Written probably in Bologna, in the middle of the 14th century, from a
stationer's exemplar secundum pecias. The pecia notation (primarily
design) on ff. 2v-173v runs from 1 to 97 (leaves with pecia numbers 27, 63, 69,
81, 83, 85 and 90 now lost [see collation]); another series of 1-11 is on ff.
175v-194v; a third series, of 1-10, is on ff. 196v-211v. Pencil notation
"1753" on first front flyleaf. Acquired from L. C. Witten in 1958 by Thomas E.
Marston (bookplate), who gave it to Yale in 1963.
secundo folio: 1. e. q. iij. altare.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 86, no. 195 (while in the collection of
T. E. Marston).
Barbara A. Shailor