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Sixth Book of Papal Letters

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The Sixth Book of Papal Letters of Pope Boniface VIII, each page with with two columns of 50 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines light plummet, margins doubled and full-length to all edges; writing lines, in light plummet, do not cross intercolumnar space, prickings preserved in upper and lower...

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Nineteenth-century pencil notation in lower left margin of f. 2v reads "Liber sextus MS circ. 1420."


By 1913, Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1917, gift of Dr. Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917) NOTES: [1] From 1913 until it was accessioned, this manuscript was on loan to the MFA from Dr. Denman Waldo Ross.

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Liber Sextus Decretalium

German, Medieval (Gothic), about 1400–50

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Overall (page dimensions): 36.7 x 26.4 cm (14 7/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ink and pencil (modern) on parchment




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts