It’s almost finals week, so some of you may need to brush up on your canon law. With this in mind we are featuring Clemintinae Constitutiones, printed in 1479. This is a compendium of writings from various popes, collected through the 13th and 14th centuries. While the binding has seen better days, the interior of the book is in pretty good shape, and even includes some illumination. In early printed books, there were often spaces left at the beginning of sentences for hand-drawn initials to be added later. Sometimes these were filled in by whoever bought the book, sometimes by illuminators (if you wanted to be fancy and had some money) and sometimes they were left blank. After these first two capitals, the illumination stops, and all we have are blanks, like the one shown in the last photo. Despite the beautiful letters, I think my favorite part is the margin note spoken by a man who peers out of the text.
Clemintinae Constitutiones, printed in Venice by Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, June 1479.
Post by Laura H.