Vitae et regulae SS. Francisci de Assissi et Dominici.

Manuscript, Book
[France?], [between 1300 and 1400]
25 leaves : parchment ; 210 x 134 (175 x 117) mm bound to 219 x 142 mm.


Former owner
Rare books genre
Summary note
Collection of Franciscan and Dominican texts.
  • Incipit: [Uita sancti Francisci] "Adsit principio diuina potencia nostro. Incipit uita sancti Francisci de ipsius conuersatione in habitu seculari. [U]ir erat in ciuitate Assisii, Franciscus nomine, cuius memoria in benedictione est..." -- [Miracles] "Incipiunt quedam miracula ipsius post mortem ostensa de sanctis stigmatibus. [F]rater quidam de ordine minorum officio predicator..." -- [Vita sancti Dominici] . "Incipit prologus in vita sancti Dominici primi patris ordinis fratrum predicatorum..." -- [Florilegium] "Unde ortum fuit quod salue dicatur post complectus et de eius efficacia..."
  • Explicit: [Uita sancti Francisci] "... ad omnia promissionem habens vite qui nunc est et future." -- [Miracles] "... per merita serui sui Francisci ad laudem et gloriam vnius dei et trini qui uiuit et regnat in secula seculorum. Amen." -- [Vita sancti Dominici] "... et spiritu sancto uiuit et regnat deus per omnia secula seculorum." -- [Florilegium] "... ita imperiam leticiam in eius conversione."
  • Ms. composite codex.
  • Title from spine.
  • Collation: Parchment ; fol. ii (modern parchment) + 25 + ii (modern parchment) ; catchwords ; modern foliation in pencil.
  • Layout: 44 long lines per page ; ruled.
  • Origin: Probably in France at Soissons or its vicinity about 1250-1260.
Binding note
Modern binding. England (?), early 20th century. The textblock is sewn on five bands laced into pasteboard covered in yellowish brown pigskin.
Language note
Cursiva libraria
  • 1.2r-26v: Uita sancti Francisci. Chapters 1–3, 5, 7–8, 12:1–9 (incomplete), 13:1,10 (incomplete), 14–15 of Legenda maior S. Francisci.
  • 2.12r-14r: [Miracles from Legenda maior S. Francisci]. The text consists of miracles 1:3–4; 2:1, 4; 3: 2, 6; 5:1, 2; 9:3–4; 10:3, 4. (6–9).
  • 3.14r-20r: Vita sancti Dominici. The text lacks chapters 40, 44, 47-60 and includes appendices 1-9.
  • 4. 20r-25r: [Florilegium of excerpts from unidentified lives of saints]. Includes six excerpts about St. Dominic.
Unknown early and intermediate provenance. Offered for sale by Myers and Company in 1925. Robert Garrett purchased the manuscript on 9 April 1925 from Ernest Dressel North, who had ordered it from the Myers catalogue. His gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 153-154.
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Also available in an electronic version.
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Title from printed catalog
  • Franciscan and Dominican miscellany
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