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Beinecke MS 704
Proceedings of a lawsuit before the court of Genoa (in Latin)
Records of the notary Branca de Bagnaria of the sessions held "ad bancum iuris", "ad cameram
studii domini vicarii", "in sala palacii" and other places in Genoa, dealing with the heritage of
Giovanni Doria ("de Auria") claimed by Catarineta Doria, daughter of the late Dorino Doria,
represented by her husband Araonus (or Alaonus) Marocellus. Another person involved in the
case was Manuel Bava. The court met on an almost daily basis from 22 Jan. to 23 Oct. 1444, less
frequently from 18 March 1445 to 17 Nov. 1446, and at long intervals up to 17 June 1465.
Paper, ff. I + 174, 300 x 110 mm. Original foliation in Roman numerals 1-182, skipping 39, 87,
133-139; the order of the leaves from 131 to 143 is 131, 140, 132, 142, 141, 143.
Seven quires: I (ff. 1-38), II (ff. 40-55), III (ff. 56-86), IV (ff. 88-111), V (ff. 112-155), VI (ff.
156-175), VII (ff. 176-183).
Written without ruling in one column of a varying number of lines.
Various scribes, writing various forms of Gothica Semihybrida Currens generally difficult to
Original limp parchment register binding with flap and wrapping band (partly replaced by cord)
closing over the front cover, badly damaged (the upper part of the front cover torn away and a
large hole in the rear cover and flap). The contemporaneous archival inscription on the front cover
is consequently defective: "............... filia .................. de Auria contra ........ *********
tamquam heres insolidum (?) quondam domini Iohannis de Auria patrui (?) suo ex ***lodans
etc. In actis Branche de Bagnaria notarii".
Purchased from Laurence Witten on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund.