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England, 1447
1. f. 1r-v, ruled, but blank; f. 2r-v: [Table of contents] Statuta Civitatis Londoniarum, Titulus Rogeri Nigri Episcopi london, 1…De fructibus in Cimiteriis crescentibus non amovendis, 33. 2. ff. 2v-10v: Statuta feliciter Recordacionis domini Rogeri Nigri Episcopi Londoniensis de consensu domini Petri Archidiaconi london. edita et directa universis Rectoribus vicariis Capellanis parochialibus in Archiediaconatu [sic] london. constitutis directa Anno domini Mo CCo primo, Rogerus permissione divina Episcopus london. dilectis sibi in christo Rectoribus universis Vicariis et Capellanis parochialibus in Civitate london. constitutis salutem in domino sempiternam. Cupientes maliciis hominum obviare…sub pena excommunicacionis maioris contra omnes et singulos contravenientes perturbantes infringentes et pervertentes statuta predicta ipso facta incurrant irrefragabiliter observari. In cuius rei testimonium sigillum meum est appensum. 3. ff. 10v-11v: Willelmus permissione divina Archiepiscopus Cantuariensis tocius anglie primas et apostolice sedis legatus dilecto filio nostro magistro Thome Baketon legum doctori Archidiacono london. in ecclesia london. ac decano ecclesie beate marie de Arcubus london. nostre Iurisdictionis inmedietate salutem gratiam et benedictionem. Cum olim recolende memorie Robertus de Wynchilsee dudum Cantuariensis archiepiscopus predecessor noster de consensu et assensu omnium quorum intereat [sic] in ea parte concurrentibus eciam que de iure requirebantur per quandam constitucionem pronuncialem [sic] que sic incipit Presbiteri stipendiarii et cetera…Datum in Manerio nostro apud lamhithe [sic] undecimo kalendas decembris Anno domini Mo CCCmo octogesimo spetimo Et nostre translacionis septimo. 4. ff. 11v-12v: Sequitur tenor constitucionis memorate, Presbiteri stipendiarii nec non alii sacerdotes propriis sumptibus…de premissis in ecclesiis suis. Finit. Et sciant parochiani defectus ecclesiarum ad eos contingentes…Hec in constitucionibus provincialibus Archiepiscopi Cantuariensis Roberti de Wynchelsee. 5. ff. 12v-13: Constitucio Iohannis Peccham, Constitucio Iohannis Peccham Archiepiscopi Edita super ornamentum ecclesiarum…habent a Rectoribus locorum et vicariis reparari. 6. f. 13: Excommunicacio fit tripliciter a deo ab homine et a Iure…ex .c. cum desideres per .b. 7. f. 13v: Hec sunt festa que observare debemus, In primis sacrum diem dominicum…Dedicacionis ecclesie et sanctorum in quorum honore ecclesie parochiales dedicantur. Ricardus Franciscus Scripsit Anno domini 1447 [f. 14r-v, ruled, but blank]. Parchment, ff. iii (modern paper) + 14 + iii (modern paper); 304 × 242 (222 × 138) mm. 112(-2) 24(-3). 35 long lines ruled in red ink, top 2 lines full across. Written in a bastard secretary script by Ricardus Franciscus; see K. L. Scott, “A mid-fifteenth century English illuminating shop and its customers,” JWCI 31 (1968) 170-96, especially 170, n. 3, with a list of other known manuscripts copied by the same scribe. Two historiated initials, ff. 2v (12-line) and 10v (7-line), depicting respectively Bishop Roger Niger and Archbishop William Courtenay, each with 2 monks, attributed to the artist William Abell; see J. J. G. Alexander, “William Abell ‘lymnour’ and 15th Century English Illumination,” Kunsthistorische Forschungen Otto Pächt zu seinem 70. Geburtstag, ed. A. Rosenauer and G. Weber (Salzburg 1972) 1660-72, especially 167, n. 8. On f. 2v, the initial stems enclosing blue and pink elongated and twisted acanthus leaves shaded in self-color; both initials with foliage sprays from extended leaves in blue, green, pink and gold. On f. 11v, 8-line particolored initial with foliage spray. 2-line initials in gold on white-patterned blue/maroon grounds with sprays of green lobes and gold motifs, at the table of contents, the chapters of the first statute and the texts on f. 13r-v. Initials within the text tinted yellow. Paragraph marks alternating blue with red flourishing or gold with blue. Decorated ascenders with strapwork, feathering or scrolling often tinted yellow; flamboyant descenders. Chapters of the first statute numbered in red arabic numerals in the outer margin. Bound, s. XVIII, in blue morocco, gold tooled, with the Rawlinson crest stamped in gold on the front and back covers; see J. B. Oldham, Shrewsbury School Library Bindings (Oxford 1943) 104-05, tools 289-98. Written in England in 1447 by Ricardus Franciscus. Apparently belonged to Thomas Rawlinson (1681-1725) for whom the volume was bound; his collection sold in 16 sales between 1721-1734. In 1876 sold by Quaritch to Henry Huth (1815-78); The Huth Library 3:862-63. The collection passed to his son Alfred H. Huth (1850-1910); Huth sale, Sotheby’s, 7 July 1914, pt. IV, n. 4442 with plate of f. 2v to Quaritch. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: [f. 3] et In cura
Bibliography: De Ricci, 78.
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
The Huth Library
The Huth Library: a Catalogue of the Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, and Engravings Collected by Henry Huth (London 1880)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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