Canon Law Authored by Pope Innocent IV from the Collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps
Folio from the Collection of a Vellomaniac. Single folio on vellum. Southern France, ca. 1325: 323 mm x 222 mm (justification 287 mm (trimmed) x 163 mm). Double column, 69 lines. Lightly ruled in plummet. Decoration: ten two-line initials in alternating red and blue with contrasting blue or red penwork; seven three-line initials, three in gold with blue penwork, alternating red and blue with contrasting penwork; paraphs alternating red and blue; rubricated. Text: In Quinque Libros Decretalium Commentaria,” book VI, title xvii, a major work of canon law by Pope Innocent IV. Provenance: a Bliss/Dring fragment from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps; collection of William Chmurny (d. 2013). Condition: recovered from a binding, trimmed at the head with loss of text, verso slightly faded with glue stains around the edges extending through leaf to recto, overall somewhat dingy but all text legible; gold initials worn. Some contemporaneous marginal notations, slightly affected by trimming.