Monumental French Commentary on the Decretals of Gregory IX
Mammoth French commentary on Decretals of Gregory IX. Single folio on vellum. France, ca. 1375: 426 mm x 294 mm (justification 303 mm x 209 mm). Double column, 56 lines. Ruled in diluted ink. Decoration: three two-line initials in red or blue with contrasting penwork; one three-line initial in red and blue with contrasting penwork; paraphs alternating red and blue; header initials alternating red and blue; rubricated. Text: a commentary on the Decretals of Gregory IX, the text here dealing with penalties to be imposed on offending clerics; a few marginal notations also present. Provenance: collection of William Chmurny (d. 2013). Condition: faint horizontal crease across the middle and about a dozen small ink spots very slightly affecting text; otherwise excellent, with wide margins. An imposing and attractive leaf.