Ad nonum sic proceditur

The text on this binding is part of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae.  The front cover contains a section of the Third Part [Christ], Question 68 [Of Those Who Receive Baptism], Articles 8 [Whether faith is required on the part of the one baptized] and 9 [Whether children should be baptized].  The back cover contains a section of the Third Part [Christ], Question 72 [Of The Sacrament of Confirmation], Articles 4 [Whether the proper form of this sacrament is: “I sign thee with the sign of the cross,” etc.] and 5 [Whether the sacrament of Confirmation imprints a character].


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A Golden Legend

This manuscript dates to circa 14th century, based on the script (a Gothic book-hand), and the composition of the actual text.

The volume was catalogued in our system with the note “Bound in a leaf from a medieval Latin ms. (paragraph marks supplied in alternating red and blue, and capital strokes supplied in red) of a religious text on purgatory; over paper boards.”  Even without the acknowledging the script, a text referring to purgatory gives us a place to start, as the word purgatorium is believed to have first appeared in the 12th century.


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“Licet plyrima de apostolicis signis sacra euangeliorum”

It’s hard not to have favorites when working in a special collections setting.  While searching through our incunabula, I found one bound in a manuscript that I had not seen previously.  This particular wrapper has now become one of my favorite items in the collection, and one that I intend to continue researching when time and other duties allow.


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“Sanctitui domine benedicente te gloriam”

Remember all the way back in January – the first #MedievalMonday post – when we met Z10 76 (Constantinus Africanus’ Viaticum), and that I mentioned it was the oldest thing in our collection until a few weeks ago?  Well, this week, we will meet the oldest thing in our collection.  It’s a binding.


Publicius, Jaime. Regimen sanitatis salernitanum nec non magistri Arnoldi de noui Villa. Venundantur Parrhisiis: In vico sancti Jacobi ab Alexandro Aliatte e regione diui benedicti, [after 1500]. Na 50.
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