Bulla aurea.

Accession number: 
PML 22222.3
Cologne/Lower Rhine, 1450-1460
[26] leaves 29 cm

Ms. executed in 1450-1460 in Cologne/Lower Rhine region.
Collation: [1-2¹² 3⁴], leaves [3]/3-4 wanting.
Chancery folio (27.6 x 19.8 cm). Two paper stocks with P watermarks are dated to 1451-54, Middle Rhine and 1446-50, Koblenz/Trier (see Piccard, Wasserzeichen, II: VII, 286 and 314).
Light graphite ruling in 1 column (17.8 x 10.8 cm) of 31-32 lines.
Incipit (leaf [1]/1r): "Incipit Aurea bulla de electione Romanor[um] Regis. In no[m]i[n]e s[an]cte et individue Trinitatis feliciter Amen. Karolus quart[us] divi[n]a fave[n]te cleme[n]cia Romanor[um] Imp[er]ator semp[er] Augustus et Romanor[um] Rex. Ad p[er]petua[m] rei me[m]oria[m]. ..."
Explicit of first section has alternate date (leaf [1]/1v): "... Sub an[n]o d[omi]ni millesimo Trece[n]tesimo qui[n]q[ua]gesi[m]osexto Non[a] Indicion[e] quarto ydus Januarij Regnor[um] n[ost]ror[um] decimo Imperij vero s[e]c[un]do;" typically "vero primo."
Decoration: Dark red lombards, section rubrics, and paragraph marks (not similar to rest of volume).
PML volume includes two printed works and four manuscript texts bound together.
Execution attributed to Cologne/Lower Rhine region on basis of binding.

Early provenance inscription, abraded (leaf [1]/2r of Defensorium fidei); Pierpont Morgan Library, booklabel (front pastedown), purchased from Wilfred Voynich in January 1924.