Guide to the Medieval fragments study collection, 11th-16th cent.

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Guide to the Medieval fragments study collection, 11th-16th cent.

Collection number: M0299

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

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Stanford, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Medieval fragments study collection, 11th-16th cent.
Collection number: Special Collections M0299
Extent: 130 items.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions


Publication Rights

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Purchased, 1969 and 1978.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Medieval fragments study collection, 11th-16th cent., M0299, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Content

Primarily fragments, these specimens were acquired to demonstrate the development of writing in the western world. A variety of scripts are represented, from Carolingian minuscule to the humanistic hands and the "cancelleresca."
Papers and Photographs: Many items in this collection have been studied by Stanford paleography students. Items for which student papers (usually including transcriptions) are available, are marked by an asterisk in this guide. Also note that photographs are available for more than half of the items, which are marked `+' in the guide. They may be borrowed from the library for a five-week loan period. If interested in either papers or photographs, please ask at the front desk.
Items marked oversize are stored in Box no. 5 in numerical order. Item no. 97 is stored separately in the map case.

Container List


11th Century

Box 1, Folder 1

1 Lectionary? Probably North Italy.


2 *+ Old Testament, Book of Esther. Early type of Gothic minuscule. Late 11th/ early 12th c.


3 Passio S. Teclae. Carolingian minuscule. 10th/11th c.


4 + Homily? Carolingian minuscule with decorative L. Italy, early or mid-11th c.


5 * Breviary. Gregory the Great, XL Homiliarum in Evangelia Libri Duo. Portion of homily XX. Large initial M.


12th Century

Box 1, Folder 2

6 *+ Sermo Leonis Papae. Minuscule. Italy.


7 *+ Homily? Large minuscule. Germany, c. 1200.


8 + Bible. Characteristic pearl Gothic with decorative initials. England (perhaps Normandy or Northern France), late 12th or early 13th c.


9 Missal. Lectiones sup. Lib. Sap. et Evang. Matthaei. Gothic minuscule. France, c. 1200, possibly earlier.


10 *+ Bede venerabilis, Homilia Evangelii, Bk. 1, homilies 15 and 19. Part of a lectionary. Early Gothic minuscule. Germany, c. 1200.


11 * Missal? with musical notation. At the bottom, later (square) notes, perhaps a transcription.


12 + Bible. Unidentified passage, perhaps E 2:26., not consecutive. Text in large Gothic minuscule; commentary in smaller professional contemporary hand.

Physical Description: 2 leaves

13 + Breviary. Dominica XXa per Penthecosteum. With neumes. Fine early German large minuscule. Germany.


14 +* Corpus Juris Civilis Justiniani I. Digestiva iv/v. Small minuscule. Italy.


Digestum vetus, end book 4, begin book 5, c. 1150-1190
Box 1, Folder 2

15 *+ Gregory the Great, Moralia on the Book of Job, Book 2, parts of chs. XLIV, L, LI, LII. Minuscule. Italy, c. 1100, possibly earlier.

Oversize oversize

16 +* Laudes? Large minuscule. Italy.

Box 1, Folder 3

17 Epistle of St. James. Headings and initials in red. France, 11th/12th c.


18 Lectionary. Third Sunday after the Octave of Easter. Heading and initial letter in red. 11th/12th c.


19 Commentary on the Old Testament. Initial letters in red. Italy?


20 Missal. Bifolium. Headings and initials in red.


21 Missal. Bifolium. Headings and initials in red.


22 * Augustine, City of God, XXII, c. 8, passage on the martyrdom of St. Stephen.


23 * Gregory the Great, Moralia on the Book of Job, Book XVI, 50-56 (Par. 63-69). Late Carolingian minuscule. Some emendations and marginal notes, same century. Probably France, c. 1100.


24 * Gregory the Great, Moralia on the Book of Job. Some emendations and marginal notes, with grotesques. Probably France, c. 1100.


25 Lectionary. Commentary by St. Augustine.

Box 1, Folder 4

26 Letters of St. Peter.


27 Commentary on the New Testament, concerning St. Peter.


28 Lectionary. Gospel of St. John. One illumination, headings and initials in red.


29 Lectionary. Passages of the Gospel and homily of St. Augustine and St. Ambrose. Bifolium. Illuminated initial on front of first leaf. Fine illumination representing an ornamental bird on verso of second leaf.

Box 1, Folder 4

30 Lectionary. Bottom of folio missing.


31 Lectionary. Commentary by St. Augustine.


32 Commentary on the New Testament. Not well preserved, one column missing.


33 Legal treatise concerning illegal detention. Small, clear script, rubrication, headings and initials alternately blue and red. 12th/13th c.


[Probably from Roffrodus, Libellic ivris civilis]

34 Canon Law. Marginal commentary. 12th/13th c.


35 Lectionary. 12th/13th c.


36 * Paul the Deacon, Homilia 46, In assumptione Sanctae Mariae. As ascribed in J. Migne, Patrologia Latina, vol. 95, col. 1497-1505.Bifolium. Northern Italy?


13th Century

Box 2, Folder 1

37 Commentaries on Roman law. Bifolium. A beautiful miniature depicting a teacher, three pupils and their mother, on verso of second leaf.


38 Text of Canon Law dealing with statues in church.


39 Breviary. Homily of Pope Gregory. Bifolium. Illumination in green and yellow.


40 * Fragment from an unidentified history of Venice and the crusades. Bifolium. Italy, late 13th, possibly early 14th c.


41 + Canon Law text, with gloss. Gothic minuscule. France (Paris?), early 13th c.


42 *+ Bible. Exodus, 33: 10-14 (recto), 33: 16-19 (verso). With Glossa Ordinaria (marginal). First half of 13th c.

Box 2, Folder 2

43 + Portion of a notarial document. On paper of the earliest type manufactured in the West. Italy, 1285.


44 De angelis. Theological, perhaps scholastic text. Round minuscule. France or Italy.

Box 2, Folder 2

45 *+ Legal treatise, chapter on divorce. Perhaps from a summa de matrimonio. Minuscule. France.


46 * Thomas Aquinas, In Duodecim Libros Metaphysicorum, Liber V, Lectiones ix-xii. Small, angular and compressed minuscule. Italy, c. 1300.


47 + Unidentified text. Gothic minuscule. Probably Italy.


48 + Canon Law text. Probably France. (Paris?)


49 + Bible. Interpretationes nominum hebraicorum. Text from the dictionary of Hebrew names which was often appended to manuscript bibles of that period. Gothic minuscule characteristic for Bologna. Italy, probably Bologna, late 13th or early 14th c.


(See #61 -Consequitive)

50 Legal text. With marginal gloss. Northern Italy.


51 + Unidentified text. (Tractatus de monachis?) Gothic minuscule. Two bifolia. Germany.


52 Old Testament, Leviticus. Large minuscule. c. 1300.

Box 2, Folder 3

53 Civil Law text. De exceptione et venditione. Round minuscule. France? Late 13th or early 14th c.


54 + Treatise on basic grammatical and logical concepts. France?


55 * Unidentified scholastic text. France.


56 Philosophical, perhaps scholastic text. France.


57 + Canon Law text or: On the Vices and Virtues. Bifolium. Gothic minuscule. Italy.


58 + Apparently a medical fragment.


59 + Dated document. Pavia, 1230.Content note on verso.


14th Century

Box 2, Folder 4

60 *+ Homiliae. Comm. Biblicum? Gothic minuscule. Aragon, Spain, late 13th or early 14th c.


61 Bible. Interpretationes nominum hebraicorum. Gothic minuscule. Bologna, Italy, 14th, possibly late 13th c.


(Consequitive with #49)

62 Missal. Round minuscules. Italy, late 14th c.


63 + Missal. Gothic minuscule. Italy?


64 + Meteorologica? Late Gothic minuscule. Italy, c. 1400.


65 Corpus Juris Civilis. De mandatis. With gloss. Bologna, Italy, early 14th c.


66 + Breviary. Bifolium. Gothic minuscule. Italy, c. 1400.


67 + Missal. Large Gothic minuscule. Italy?


68 Notarial document, executed by an English notary and dated in the eighteenth year of King Richard II. England, 1394.


69 + Civil law text, on certain technicalities of testimony. Gothic minuscule. Northern Italy.

Oversize oversize

70 + Unidentified (scholastic?) text. Probably Italy, late 13th c.

Oversize oversize

71 *+ New Testament, I Corinthians 5: 11 - 10: 11. Bifolium. Large formal hand. Italy? Late 13th or early 14th c.

Box 3, Folder 1

72 + Last will of Guidone de Robertis. Probably still in semi-finished draft form. Bologna, Italy, 1378.

Oversize oversize

73 +* Notarial document concerning commercial matters. Signed by the notary Paghanellus. Cursive. Bologna, Italy, 1308.

Box 3, Folder 1

74 French legal document. With interlinear transcription by a 19th c. scholar. Batarde cursive, with text on verso. France, 1389.

Box 3, Folder 1

75 *+ Lectionary. Characteristic insular Gothic minuscule. England, late 14th c.


76 + Missal. Fine large minuscule. England, c. 1400, perhaps early 15th c.


77 + English legal documents. First leaf: Landgrant by John Parker of Brightwell and his wife Isabella to Richard Gernay of Byshoppestone. Second leaf: John Parker of Brightwell acknowledges obligation to Richard Gernay of twenty pounds. Endorsed. Richard to have lands as in the first leaf if John fails obligation. 1394.


78 + English legal document. Quitclaim by Lady Alice, wife of the late John of Bysshoppestone to Richard Selby. Dated Tuesday, 7 October,8 Edward II [1314].


79 + English legal document. Land grant of land in Westwycombe, Moustone and Dunystone by Robert Bury de Monstone to his son Alan. Dated the Sunday after 27 June,1 Edward III [1327].

Box 3, Folder 2

80 + English legal document. Land grant by John Berhy of Monstone to Richard Pymme. 29 Edward III [1355].


81 + Treasury order to pay the Comte de Scraplon 150 francs d'or a l'ecu for the upkeep of his company. France, dated 1356.


82 + Acquittance for a thousand livres tournois for the despense de l'hostel du Roy notre sire. France, dated 1389.


83 + Five line letter of Charles V when duc de Normandie and Dauphin de Viennois. France, 1361.


84 + Receipt signed by Jehan de Mareschal. France, dated 1371.


85 *+ Missal. Mass for the fifthteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Gothic hand. Neumes. Germany or Switzerland.


86 Dominical? I Maccabees, 1-59, probably Italy, 13th or 14th c.

Box 3, Folder 2

87 * Lectionary. Lectio III: II Maccabees 3:25 f. Gothic minuscule. Germany? 13th or 14th c.


88 *+ Seneca, Octavia, 11. 355b-391 (recto), 392-427 (verso) [ed. F. Leo, 1878]. Italy, c. 1370.


89 * Passage of a speech. (Boethius?) Bifolium, with interlinear notes.


15th Century

Box 3, Folder 3

90 *+ Cicero, De amicitia, Parts 3 and 9. Bifolium. Humanistic minuscule. Italy (Florence?), c. 1400-1420.


91 + Epistola della vedova e del figlio. In volgare. Cursive. Italy.


92 + Book of Hours? Gothic minuscule. Flanders.


93 + Letter from citizen of Urbino to a member of the De'Varzi family in Gubbio. Probably of considerable textual interest. Italy dated 1469.


94 +* Missal, with musical notation on verso. Large Gothic minuscule. Early 15th c.

Oversize oversize

95 *+ Will of Charles de Montmorency. Batarde cursive. France, dated 1469.In French.

Box 3, Folder 3

96 + Missal. Bifolium. Large medieval English Gothic minuscule, with ornamental initials. England.

Map-case map case

97 Document concerning a monastery. With two wax seals attached. Spanish cursive minuscule. Spain, 1366 (Spanish era 1404).

Box 3, Folder 3

98 + Italian legal document. Mentions Bastiano, abbot of Camaldoli, also Americus, who was a bishop of Florence 1411-1434.Notarial cursive. Florence, Italy, c. 1412-1434.


99 + Prayer book. Bifolium, with red and blue initials. Script is `littera bastarda'. Netherlands?

Box 3, Folder 3

100 *+ Sermons. No humanistic characteristics. Northern Italy.


101 *+ Johannes de Pibort. (X) End of a book (verso blank). German Gothic cursive minuscule. Textual interest? (Chevalier Fabricius)


102 +* Vocabularius. Gothica textualis. Southern Germany or Austria, 13th or 15th century.


103 Decretals. Including rules for clerics' conduct. Bifolium.


104 Bifolium. First folio: List of names of Florentine personalities. Second folio: Spechio de Condan[n]ati et Debitori del Co[mun]e della Montagna Fiorentina. Florence, Italy, 1487.


16th Century

Oversize oversize

105 *+ French legal document. Notarial batarde cursive, partly traced over. France, dated 1507.

Box 4, Folder 1

106 + Italian poem. Begins Io t'ho portato tanto tempo honore/... Late cursive. Florence?


107 + French legal document, with endorsement and confirmation by an Italian notary. Late batarde cursive. Paris, 1571.

Oversize oversize

108 + Italian legal document giving certain powers of attorney to Girolamo Benivieni. Cursive. Pistoia, near Florence, Italy, 1523.

Box 4, Folder 1

109 Italian legal document (sale). Instromento di Vendita. Cursive with strong `cancelleresca' elements. Padua, Italy, 1581-82.


Unidentified and newly identified

Box 4, Folder 2

110 Unidentified fragment.


111 + Unidentified fragment.


112 *+ Priscian, Institutum Grammaticorum, Book VIII, 29-34. [Ed. by Keil, Grammatici Latini, vol. 2, pp. 396-401.]

Box 4, Folder 2

113 + Unidentified fragment.


114 + Unidentified fragment.


115 * Unidentified fragment.


116 + Unidentified fragment.


117 + Unidentified fragment.


118 *+ Book 12, chs. 11 and 12 of an unidentified text, perhaps an early scholastic work. Containing passages from Gregory the Great, Moralia on the Book of Job, Bk. 32, chs. 19-20. England, late 12th c.


119 *+ Origen, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, as translated by Rufinus. Commentary on Romans 5:1- 5:5. PG 14.831-1294. England or Northern France, probably mid to late 12th c.


120 + Unidentified fragment.


121 *+ Bible. Book of Ecclesiasticus, ch. 27:27-32:17. France, probably second half of 13th c.


122 + Unidentified fragment.


123 + Unidentified fragment.


124 + Unidentified fragment.

Box 4, Folder 3

125-130 Unidentified fragments.