Chronica Summorum Pontificum Imperatorumque Manuscript on paper, last quarter 15th century

By: de Lignamine, Philippus; Martinus Polonus; de Barberiis, Philippus

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[4],[ii], 81 ff. With index. A very scarce manuscript on paper in miniscule cursive in brown ink. It opens with 4 leaves of index, then two blanks which are covered with extensive notes in various hands from the 1500s and 1600s, then starts with fol.1 "Incipit Cronica summorum Pontificum imperatorumque..." Leaves are numbered but some of the numbers have been trimmed. It is nearly but not quite complete, breaking off at "nominat quolibet centesimo anno a Christi nativitate" (corresponding to line 11 on fol 127 of the printed 1474 de Lignamine Chronica). It is in good condition, rebound in old vellum with new spine label, new endpapers. Wide margined paper, the index has minor foxing and wear. The blank before the incipit has been repaired missing about 1/3 of the original page (it appears to have a Venetian genealogy written in Italian "francisco filio di Colantonio...nasci nel anno 1538...del mess di decembri..." etc.) The first leaf of the manuscript has notes written in Spanish referenncing Braun's bibliography, there are occasional contemporary marginalia. Leaves 60-81 have damp staining at the bottom edge with old repairs to the bottom of the last few leaves, also old notes and some smeared ink at the bottom of the last leaf. The script is interesting, very small and neat with no corrections that I could see. No spaces for capitals and not as much paragraphing and separating as in the printed version. As well, dates are written out rather than being marked in Roman numerals. This is the famous Chronica of the Popes and Emperors often attributed to Riccobaldo da Ferrara but now attributed to either Martinus Polonus or to the inquisitor Philippus de Barberiis, with continuation up to the 1470s by Philip de Lignamine, who printed de Barberiis' work as well as the famous 1474 incunable edition of the Chronica Summorum. Noted in ink in the manuscript are accounts of the invention of printing, identifying Guttenerg as "Jacob" on 77v "iacobus cognomento Gutembergo patria Argentinus et quidam alter cui nomen Fustus imprimendarum litterarum in membranis cum metallicis formis..." and then later in 81v the author tells of the coming of printing to Italy "conradus suueyhem ac arnoldus panarez udalricus gallus parte ex alia teuthones librarii insignes romani venientes primi imprimendorum librorum artem in italiam introduxere..." This copy also includes an account of Pope Joan on fol. 45v. She is also listed in the index under "femina". While there are manuscript copies of the Chronica written before 1400, there are only two other documented copies which include de Lignamine's continuation. de Lignamine was the first native Italian printer, who produced humanistic texts, including the 1474 edition of this work. Printed copies of this work are scarce in comemrce, a manuscript copy with de Lignamine's additions to c1473, in a handsome vellum binding, is a very scarce fine indeed. ; 11" x 8""; 81 pages

Title: Chronica Summorum Pontificum Imperatorumque Manuscript on paper, last quarter 15th century

Author Name: de Lignamine, Philippus; Martinus Polonus; de Barberiis, Philippus

Categories: Manuscripts, Medieval Studies, Language -- Latin, History: U.S. & North America,

Publisher: c1490

Binding: Vellum

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 8746

Keywords: Chronicles Guttenerg Pope-Joan Popes; Roman Empire,