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Gordan MS 93 Italy, XVmed

The Spanish College at Bologna / Statutes

1. f. i ruled but blank. ff. 1r-30v Incipiunt statuta collegii condita seu facta per Reverendos in christo patres et dominos dominos fernandum dei et appostolice sedis gratia arciepiscopum yspalensem et petrum episcopum conchensem. . . Epistola supradicti domini Petri directa collegio per quam insinuat auctoritatem sibi commissam et mandat omnibus quos tangunt uel in futurum tangere poterunt hiis tantum statuta uti et non aliis.

Petrus dei gratia episcopus conchensis prouincie marchie anchonitane pro domino nostro domino papa et santa [sic] romana ecclesia rector et spiritualis generalis et ad infra scripta commissarius. . . Datum et Actum in rocha papali ciuitatis anchone sub annis domini mccclxxvii Inductione xv tempore sanctissimi in christo patris et domini domini gregorii diuina prouidencia pape xi die xxiiii mensis nouembris.

Incipit prohemium In nomine domini nostri Ihesu christi uirginis gloriose matris eius Beati michaelis archangeli. . . et aliis quomodolibet ibidem morantibus et in posterum moraturis prout tangunt ex eis quemlibet mandamus inuiolabiliter obseruari.

[Text:] Statutum Primum. Quod collegium domus yspanica et capella in eodem existens sub uocabulo sancti clementis nominetur. Et primo Voluntatem predicti domini nostri de qua nobis plene constat in omnibus que inferius describuntur per omnia sequendo. . .

Expl.: . . . ibi dictis rectore et scolaribus ac capellanis dicti collegii facta fuit dicta ordinacio die ultima decembris Anno a natiuitate domini Millesimo quadringentisimo uigesimo tercio.

1377 edition of the 61 Statutes of the Spanish College at Bologna with two additional articles; Berthe M. Marti in The Spanish College at Bologna in the Fourteenth Century: Edition and Translation of its Statutes with Introduction and Notes (Philadelphia, 1966), uses MS 93 as the basis for her edition.

2. ff. 30v-31r Inc.: Et quia testante utriusque iuris testimonio triplex funicullus [sic] de difficialli [sic] incipitur: Ego aluarus de varguas ciuitatis yspalensis oriundus et huius pissimi [sic] collegii scoliarium omnium minimus cupiens atque dessiderans istius collegii honorem. . . et optimi patris dei egidii de albornos presbiteri cardinalis et episcopi hostiensi. Et reperire poteris dictum priuilegium ad finem dictorum statutorum.

Statement by Alvarus de Varga (in a different, perhaps autograph hand) claiming responsibility for the insertion of the first additonal statute (f. 30r: Daniel a dei gratia episcopus. . .) in the revision of the Statutes in 1459.

3. f. 31r Inc.: Cum per actis nostris et demeretis eorum angellus sathane se transfiguret nobis in angellum lucis. . . Unde remitendi sunt ad claustrum quod impie relinquerunt ne eis detur ocassio delinquendi. ff. 31v-iii verso ruled but blank.

Scathing article forbidding the admission of monks and members of religious orders as chaplains of the college; written in the same hand as article 2.

Parchment, ff. i + 31 + iii, 277 x 195 (201 x 128) mm., 17th-century foliation in ink, written in 48 ruled lines with a single horizontal bounding line at the top and single vertical bounding lines in ink (Derolez 13. 12). Prickings for bounding lines visible in all three outer margins.

I10 (-10), II-III10, IV6. Vertical catchwords in lower left along bounding line (Derolez 12.6).

Article 1 written in a large, round, gothic bookhand below the top line; articles 2 and 3 written in a smaller, humanistic bookhand. Notes and corrections in several other hands in outer margins, some of these have been trimmed.

After 11 lines of rubrication, the text begins with a large, finely-drawn, 37-line initial forming a border along the left-hand side of the first page. The initial is blue with a simple white cut-out, ornamented with an ornate red-penwork ground. Smaller 2- to 3-line initials begin each statute, alternating between red initials with dark purple-blue penwork grounds and extensions and dark blue initials with red penwork grounds and extensions. A large, crudely-drawn cross on top of a pyramid, both made up of small squares with dots inside, fills the recto of the front flyleaf, probably a later addition. Rubrication throughout in a faded red ink. Guide letters for rubricator are visible below each initial.

Binding: Italian, 17th-century, brown morocco gold-tooled front, back, and spine with the arms of Cardinal Albornoz, also the arms of the College, stamped in gold on the front cover. On a dark-red leather label on spine: "STATUTA UNIV./ BONON. 1377. MS." Two small paper labels on lower spine: "5383," and "217."

Written in Italy in the fifteenth century, between 1436, the date of the last addition copied in the first hand, and 1459, when the last article was inserted by a later hand (Marti, p. 46). Early provenance unknown; three notes are written on the flyleaves in early hands: on the recto of the front flyleaf in a crabbed script: "Mcccclxxxi Indictione dominica quarta Dic sermo mensis Iunii per deuota pro** p*** ?". A note on the recto of the final back flyleaf (iii) is dated 1521, while a note on the verso of the same leaf reads: "priuilegium domini Albonoz hispaniorum fuit in operatum? in alma uniuersitate bononie Anno domini millesimo [the remainder almost impossible to make out:] fert diuus ac egregius doctor quondam. . . Aluarus. . .infine. . .". In the collection of Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford (bookplate, "ms. 217" in lead on bookplate, and on spine), his sale December 1830 to Sir Thomas Phillipps (Ms. 5383 on spine). Description of Ms. in Latin and Italian written in ink on inside front cover. Also written in lead on Guilford's bookplate "L/16/B," the Phillipps number, and "CL12 514." Obtained from Maggs in 1949 by Howard L. Goodhart, and left by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: que sub

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 402, no. 93. Iter Italicum, p. 351, no. 93.

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