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Name: Pontificale - Thomas Aquinas OP Summa Theologica (excerpt) - Regula Ad Inveniendum Principium Lunae

Repository: Ballarat Art Gallery

Settlement: Ballarat

Associated Manuscript Items:
Regula Ad Inveniendum Principium Lunae
Summa Theologica (excerpt)

Library ref: Ms Crouch 5

Acquisition: R. A. Crouch presented the volume in 1944

Binding: brown pigskin binding over oak boards. The covers have blind tooling: groups of four fillets forming a centre rectangle; this is diagonally traversed by other groups of four fillets to form lozenges, each of these has a stylized design. Spine has gilt lettering PONTIFICALE / CIRC. / A.D. 1400.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (2)1 (8)2-16 (6)17 (8)18-20 (6)21 (4)22 (2)23


Condition: Edges cut. There are worm-holes in fols 1-2, 145-64, but without loss of text.

Deco desc: Decoration and illumination are Italian: red rubrics; caps alternately red, with blue penwork and blue, with red penwork; two illuminated initials (45 x 35m.) with marginal leaf sprays (98r. and 102v.); eighteen historiated initials (65 x 55mm.) in gold, blue, mauve, green, pink, and white with marginal leaf sprays, depicting: tonsuring of a cleric (3r.), hostiarius receives a key (4v,), lector is handed a lectionary (6r.), ordination of the exorcist (7v.), acolite receives a taper (9r.), ordination of sub-deacon (11v.) and of deacon (14r.), bishop receives a crozier (32r.), benediction of an abbess (47r.) and of a virgin nun (48r.) and of a widow professing chastity (61v.) and of a church (63v.), reconciliation of a desecrated church (93v.), sign of the Cross on boys (105r.), priest points to a text (106v.), emperor greeted by clergy (123r.), benediction of an emperor (124r.), and of a king (131v.).

Dimensions: 280 x 200 mm

Extent: i-ii, iii-iv + 164 Ar.-Bv., 162v., 163r., 164v., Cr.-Dv. are blank

Foliation: contemporary foliation in roman figures i-clxii omitting cxxiii and cxxv on 3-162

Hand desc: Three Italian hands (i) 1r-2v. a 15c. littera gothica textualis formata (ii) 3r.-158r. a littera gothica textualis of the second half of 14c. (iii) 158v.-162r. a 15c. littera hybrida currens


Layout: one col. of 18 lines or six groups of four-line red staves (black square notation)

Library ref alt:

List bibl: L. S. Olschki, Catalogue LXXIV. Manuscrits sur vélin avec miniatures du Xe au XVIe siècle, Florence 1910, p.7; K. V. Sinclair, 'Phillipps Manuscripts in Australia', The Book Collector, Vol.XI (1962), p.334; Exhibition, p.29, no.68, pl.xv.

Music notation: one col. of 18 lines or six groups of four-line red staves (black square notation)


Orig date: s. xiv 2 , s. xv - the Regula dated 1451

Orig place:


Provenance: 164r. in a 16c. hand is: Lectio libri apocalipsis beati Iohannis apostoli. In diebus illis uidi ciuitatem sanctam ... noua facio omnia (Apoc. XXI, 2-5); and: Secundum lucam. In illo tempore egressus ihesus ... facere quod perierat (Luke XIX, 10); in the lower margin of 162r. is ÔIoannis Baptiste Detottis 1563 et mi gosto davero contanti l'anno detto'; 164r. stencilled lion rampant and legend 'Sir T. P. / Middle Hill / 3201', and an erased note in 17c. or 18c. hand; 1r. carries 'MSS.Ph.3201' and 'Phillipps MS. 3201'; this owner purchased the volume in 1824 at the sale of Sir George Osborne Page-Turner; early this century it was owned by L. S. Olschki of Florence; inside front cover is 'Ex libris R. A. Crouch'

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 170



Support: vellum


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