Fragment no. 15 - Bischoff Manuscript Collection


Fragment no. 15 - Bischoff Manuscript Collection


Melbourne, Mon. Uni. Ms. Bischoff frag. 015


Written Area: b) 95 x 26mm, 93 x 33mm, 100 x 45mm, 94 x 31mm; c) 285 x 94mm. Number of Lines: b) 31, 30, 13+13, 31; c) 73. Line Height: b) 3mm; c) c. 4mm. Rubrication, come bookworm damage, and lead line rulings on b). Littera Gothica Humanistica for b). Gothica Documentaria Cursiva for c).

Content: b) contains a Manual for Confessors - fragment 1 mentions the Articles of Faith and the Decalogue, the sins of avarice, gluttony, and wantonness; fragment 2 mentions the sin of envy; fragment 3 mentions confessor; fragment 4 includes "to have a cleric beaten" verberasse clericum, "he should demand of a person making a confession" exigat a confitente, "by/from a sole penitent" ab solo penitenti "he/it can be absolved" potest absolui. c) contains part of an unidentified document. Have Colker's notes.
Place of Origin: b) Italy
From the Monash Rare Books collection of over one hundred fragments of medieval manuscripts and early printed books from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries that had belonged to the world-renowned authority on medieval palaeography (the study of handwriting), Professor Bernhard Bischoff (1906-1991).






Physical Size: 5 parchment fragments (b. 116 x 27mm, 110 x 34mm, 92 x 19mm, 107 x 31mm; c. 300 x 94mm). b) originally glued to white paper, then to brown paper (146 x 120mm), which has completely broken away at the right hand edge of the first fragment. c) is glued to white paper, lined on one side (305mm x 96mm). The first fragment of b) and all of c) is then glued to a piece of brown paper (264 x 176mm).


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