Detail: #BonifaceVIII (d. 1303), Sextus Liber Decretalium, etc. General Collection, #Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, #YaleUniversity , Marston MS 155
Script: Folios 1-96 written in littera bononiensis; ff. 1-22 written in a less formal #Gothic bookhand. Numerous annotations in the margins by contemporary and later hands. Two miniatures, f. 1r, an enthroned pope holding an open book and symmetrically flanked by ecclesiastical and secular parties, and f. 96r, a Franciscan monk presenting a book to an enthroned pope with clerical and lay attendants. Full border for text on f. 1r, constructed of solid panels, gold and red with white filigree, filled with two karyatid figures, a cleric, and a man in a blue robe. Partial border in lower margin, 3 medallions in blue, pink and red, with a papal portrait in half length, an angel, and a third subject now effaced. The medallions are connected by lozenges, green, blue and red with scrolling vines in blue, red, and green with white filigree and gold dots. 32 marginal figures in various costumes, among them several clerics, knights and an angel, often in animated poses. Numerous illuminated initials, 6- to 3-line in pink, blue or grey on blue, red, pink and gold grounds with white filigree. Foliage serifs in pink, red, grey and blue with white highlights. 39 initials with bust-length figures. Remaining initials in pink and red with white filigree. Calligraphic initials, alternating in red and blue with blue and red penwork scrolls. Plain initials and paragraph marks alternate in red and blue.
Binding: Fifteenth century (?), Italy. Limp vellum case, restored.
Final leaf (now foliated 96) misbound between ff. 93-94.
ff. 22 loose.
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