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Walters Ms. W.421, Alphonsus de Benavento, Treatise
Alphonsus de Benavento, Treatise
Supplied name: Alphonsus de Benavento
Alphonsus de Benavento wrote the treatise on penitential canons and acts of confession contained in this manuscript. The colophon informs us that Alphonsus was a professor of canon law at the university of Salmanca, Spain, and wrote this manuscript in 1456 in the nearby city of Tejares. At that time there was a pestilence in the city, for which Alphonsus asks for prayers. A historiated initial in which Alphonsus presents the treatise to a bishop begins the text, and the manuscript still retains its original stamped red leather binding.
The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.
- Transliteration: Hanc repetitionem de potestate et arbitrio confessorum et de canonibus penitentialibus et de actibus confessoris fecit Iohannes Alfonsi de Benavento decretorum doctor, unam de cathedris canonum prime in Salamantino studio actu regens, die Iovis xxiii. die Octobris Anno Domini millesimoquadringentesimoquinquigesimoquinto. Et copilavit (sic) et complevit canones penitentiales et actus confessoris anno seguenti quinquigesimosexto in loco de Tejares prope Salamanticam, cum Salamantice vigeret mortalitas a festo sante Marie de augusto usque ad medietatem octobris statim sequentis. Et omnes scribentes et legentes exoro ut pro me Pater et Ave Maria devote dicant. Laudetur Deus et benedicta virgo Maria amen.
Thin to medium-weight parchment, well prepared
Modern pencil foliation, upper right corners, rectos
Formula: 1(2,-1), 2(8), 3-7(12), 8(10,-6,-7)
Catchwords: Catchwords written vertically, lower right corners
Comments: Quires begin on fols. 1(1), 2(2), 10(3), 24(4), 36(5), 48(6), 60(7), 72(8)
14.2 cm wide by 20.8 cm high
8.4 cm wide by 13.3 cm high
- Columns: 1
- Ruled lines: 27-29
- Title: Tractatus "De Illis Etiam"
- Incipit: Colentissimi patres et sagacissimi domini
- Contents: Penitential canons and acts of confessions
- Hand note: Spanish bookhand
- Decoration note: One historiated initial at the beginning of the manuscript (6 lines); one initial in gold (2 lines); rubrics in red; text in brown ink
The binding is original.
Second half of the fifteenth century; orange-red leather over wooden boards, tooled with Hispano-Moresque design with rectangular borders
Written by Alphonsus de Benavento in Tejares, Spain in 1456
Marques de Morante, Madrid; cat. VI, 1859, pp. 533-34, no. 11107
Bachelin, Paris, 21 February 1872, I, no.47, acquired the book from Marques de Morante
Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest
De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1935, vol. 1, p. 824, cat. no. 400
The History of Bookbinding 525-1950 A.D. An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, November 12, 1957 to January 12, 1958. Baltimore: John Lucas Printing Company, 1957, p. 60, cat. no. 139
Catalogers: Valle, Chiara; Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934
Editor: Herbert, Lynley
Copy editor: Dibble, Charles
Conservators: Owen, Linda; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Bockrath, Diane; Emery, Doug; Noel, William; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.
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