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De miseria conditionis humanae, 1450 - 1499

Identifier: MS 35


This manuscript of the late twelfth-century text De miseria conditionis humanae was produced in Italy in the second half of the fifteenth century. The author of the work was the cardinal Lotario dei Segni, who later became Pope Innocent III. This copy is written on paper in a Gothic cursive script, with red and blue initials.


  • Creation: 1450 - 1499


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Produced in Italy in the second half of the fifteenth century given the style of script and decoration. Early provenance unknown. Unidentified "GHo52" in ink and "H 1191" in pencil on front pastedown. Unidentified "46" in ink on f. 1r together with remnant of a round library stamp (43 mm.) in lower margin with the word "Bibliotheca" recognizable below a flower; other words missing because paper substratum has been destroyed. On f. 38v unidentified "Cart. 37" in ink. Manuscript belonged to Laura Hurd Motion.


  1. Innocent III, Pope, 1160 or 1161-1216

Other related names

  1. Motion, Laura Hurd, former owner
  2. Motion, Laura Hurd, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Laura Hurd Motion to Bryn Mawr College in 1980.

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Physical Description

Water damage throughout; first leaf nearly detached; paper repairs to fols. 1r-2v.

Paper support (watermarks in gutter similar to Briquet Monts 11726) ff. 39 + i (separate from final quire).

Plain vellum binding.

39+i; 215 x 160 mm bound to 220 x 165 mm

Single column written in thirty-four lines; single vertical bounding lines full length; first quire bounded in lead, remaining three in ink with occasional horizontal bounding lines at upper margin; written area: 138 x 91 mm.

Gothic--cursiva script, written by a single scribe.

Each of the three parts begins with a simply decorated initial: a 9-line initial in red, f. 14r; 7-line initials in red, f. 1r, in blue, f. 28v. Plain 4-line red and blue initials alternate throughout at the beginning of each chapter. All initials on badly faded red penwork grounds, some with penwork extensions. Paragraph markers in alternating blue and red; majiscules touched with red. Headings in bright red. Interlinear and marginal corrections in black ink on first four leaves. Guide letters for rubricator beside each initial. Repairs on ff. 1 and 2 in margin, no loss of text.

Modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto; Collation: 1-3 (10), 4 (9, +3).

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