St John's College MS. 24
ed. CJCiv 1:320a–590b. The page was laid out so that a commentary might be provided, but no formal one was ever supplied; rather the margins are loaded with users’ notes on various topics.
Each of the scribes was independent, as is shown not only by variations in page format, decoration, signing, and quiring, but also by the sloppy join at the boundary between the two booklets which comprise the manuscript (between the stints of scribes 2 and 3). At fol. 128v, scribe 2 leaves thirty-four lines blank in the second column, apparently to make a join with the next section. This break corresponds to a point within Digestum 35.2.82 (CJCiv 1:516a), where the tract ‘Tres partes’ has been added to the ‘Inforciatum’ (see CJCiv 1:516 n1). The text is continuous across the blank space and quire boundary and the scribes plainly intended to pass on responsibility for the text at a clear juncture, but scribe 2 did not plan the conclusion of his stint carefully. There is a brief reference to our MS in Hermann U. Kantorowicz, Über die Entstehung des Digestum vulgata (Weimar, 1910), 145 n. 20.
A quaestio on civil law, in textura semiquadrata, s. xiii.
In double columns; each of the three scribes formats the page differently:
Scribe 1: each column 205–8 × 53–5 mm. with 9 mm between columns, in 47 lines;
Scribe 2: 211 × 53 mm. , 8 mm between columns, in 59 lines;
Scribe 3: 203 × 48 mm. , 13 mm between columns, in 57 lines.
Regular prickings; bounded and ruled in pencil, brownish ink, and brown crayon (the last scribe 3).
All three scribes write gothic textura semiquadrata, scribes 1 (fols. 1–80) and 2 (fols. 81–128) above top line, scribe 3 (fols. 129–83) below it. Punctuation by point, medial point, and punctus elevatus.
Each scribe follows his own decorative scheme:
Scribe 1: titles in red.
At the heads of the books, each ‘planus libro’ introduced by a 2-line red and blue rectilinear rubric.
Sections introduced by alternate red and blue 1- and 2-line lombards.
The texts broken with alternate red and blue paraphs.
Running titles in red give book numbers, with an indication of the topic treated.
Scribe 2: red lombards only, 2-line at the heads of sections, 1-line to break the text; running titles as scribe 1.
Scribe 3: spaces for rubrics unfilled until fol. 143
(quite uniquely ‘Ulpianus’ in blue with red flourishing in the form of scribe 1’s decorative ‘planus libro’, at fol. 164ra).
Alternate 1- and 2-line lombards and paraphs in red and blue to introduce and divide sections.
Running titles in alternate red and blue give the book number.
A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper flyleaf, two modern paper flyleaves, and two medieval vellum ones (a bifolium, the first of these, fol. iv, a former pastedown). At the rear, two modern paper flyleaves and a marbled paper one (vi–viii).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-09: First online publication