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Guide to Justinian I, Novellae constitutiones. Manuscript circa 1260

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Justinian I, Novellae constitutiones. Manuscript


circa 1260

Manuscript Number:

Codex Ms 423


1 volume (45 x 27 cm)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
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Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Revised ordinances. Includes annotations in the margins by Accursius. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 423.

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Scope Note

The manuscript is assembled in folio format with 150 gilt-edged vellum leaves. It is rubricated in red and blue, thoroughly illuminated, and bound in calf with gold tooling and “Institutiones Justiniani Imperatoris” written on the spine. Each leaf has 44 lines of text in two columns with marginal and interlinear glosses as well as marginal drawings (for instance, on 4r and 5r). There is one miniature on fol. 1r, 98 historiated initials, one square initial (fol. 111r), and thin red and blue decorative lines to the left of each column. The text consists of 100 novels (new laws written by the emperor Justinian I in the sixth century AD) and a gloss by Accursius from the thirteenth century.

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Volume 1

Codex Ms 423

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