Glasgow Incunabula Project update (7/2/14)


University of Glasgow Library

Like manuscript books, many incunabula are decorated to varying degrees, whether by the fairly standard addition of rubricated initials, to those volumes with sumptuous opening pages featuring elaborate illuminated borders and historiated initials. Examples of miniatures, however, have been found far less frequently in the books in our collection. It is therefore pleasing to note the inclusion of a miniature depicting Boniface VIII in our copy of the 1476 edition of the Liber sextus Decretalium, printed by Peter Schoeffer. This, of course, is an author portrait (although since Boniface died in the early 14th century, we can’t really comment on its accuracy!).

Boniface VIII seated on a throne, wearing the triple crown and holding a book and papal staff in his hands (Sp Coll BD9-a.11) Miniature of Boniface in Mainz 1476 edition of Liber sextus Decretalium

Illuminated miniature in Bonifacius VIII, Pont. Max.: Liber sextus Decretalium (Sp Coll BD9-a.11) Decorated opening page of Mainz 1476 edition of Liber sextus Decretalium

This important work on canon law was first printed in 1465 by the partnership of Fust and Schoeffer. As a printer specializing in legal texts…

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