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Beinecke MS 396 Italy, s. XVII
Pope Pius IV
1. ff. 1r-5r Sommario de Capitoli formati tra li Cardinali nella Sede
uacante di Paolo IV l'anno 1559: da giurarsi, et osseruarsi da [sic] chi
sara Papa. ff. 5v-6v blank
Summary of suggestions by the College of Cardinals made upon the death of
Pope Paul IV and before the election of Giovanni Angelo de' Medici as Pope Pius
2. ff. 7r-8v Risposta del signor Cardinale Orsini.
Response to the Pope on conclave reform, by Cardinal Flavio Orsini (d. 1581),
a jurist who had been made Cardinal by Pope Pius IV.
Paper (watermarks: unidentified bird, with letters A and N, all
enclosed within a circle), ff. ii (paper; measuring only 246 x 155 mm.) + 8
(contemporary foliation 130-137), 307 x 223 (ca. 270 x 158) mm., leaves folded
to form vertical bounding lines. A single gathering of 8 leaves written in
large, sprawling italic.
Binding: s. xix-xx. Paper case over millboard.
Written in Italy, probably Rome, in the 17th century; originally part (ff.
130-137) of a larger volume. Belonged to Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford
(1776-1827); not located in his sale catalogue. Acquired by Sir Thomas
Phillipps (no. 6315; tag on f. i recto and pencil notations on f. i recto and f.
1r). Purchased from Hellmut Schumann in 1969 as the gift of Edwin J. Beinecke.
Barbara A. Shailor