Codex Justinianus

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MS M.447
Codex Justinianus
Bologna, Italy, ca. 1280-1290.
Previously in Italian diced and stamped Russian leather (ca. 1840); rebound my Marguerite Duprez Lahey in the 20th century.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1910.
283 leaves (2 columns, varying number of lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 425 x 260 mm
Owned in the 17th century by an inhabitant of Padua; purchased in 1640 by the Marchese Linterno for his family museum in Milan; the Carthusians of Garegnano (a suburb of Milan); upon suppression of the convent in 1799 the manuscript passed to the duke C. Visconti Modrone of Milan; purchased from him by the engineer Guiseppe Bruschetti in 1834; in 1865 owned by the Milanese bookseller Gaetano Schiepatti; Marchese Girolamo d'Adda; C. Fairfax Murray; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Alexandre Imbert in July 1910; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. Roman law, written and illuminated in Bologna, Italy, ca. 1280-1290.
Includes the glossa ordinaria of Accursius, which is also written in 2 columns.
Incomplete; text ends on fol. 283v at Book IX, title 20.6 (out of a possible 51 titles).
Decoration: miniatures to all books unexecuted; 11 zoomorphic and anthropomorphic initials; inhabited penwork decoration.
M.447 is among the 25 manuscripts described by Louis Arrigoni in his Notice historique et bibliographique sur vingt-cinq manuscrits...ayant fait parti de la Bibliothq̈ue de Francois Petrarque, Milan, 1883, including M.446 and M.940; this provenance has been discarded as false by scholars,since the supposed evidence, Petrarch's engraved coat of arms on the flyleaves, was only added to the manuscripts in the 17th century.

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