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MS 151: Composite manuscript containing nine texts, 14th century

Identifier: MS 151


Contains nine texts bound together, in different hands.
Of note, the endpaper at the beginning of the manuscript is an interesting fragment from an Antiphoner of the 9th or 10th century. The other endpaper is a textual fragment too, although from later that the 9th/10th centuries.
ff. 1r-8v: Bull of Pope Honorius III to Saint Francis and the brothers of the Order
ff. 9r-13r: Bull of Pope Gregory IX
ff. 14r-50r: Bull of Pope Nicholas III from 1279, 'Exiit qui seminat'
ff. 50r-51v: An unidentified bull of Pope Nicholas III (1279)
ff. 52r-60r: Bull of Pope Clement V, 'Exivi de paradiso'
ff. 61r-88r: 'constitutiones generales' of the Order of Saint Francis of Assisi
f.88r-v: Letter from Father Peter, 'Romane Provincie minister et servus,' to Father Nicholas 'Custos'.
ff. 90r-95v: Reforms of the Franciscans, 1316
ff. 86r-98v: A declaration from Pope John XXII, 1317
The texts are described separately, under the folios outlined above.
Writing The first part of the volume is written in good Italian Gothic by three different hands. The last third of the manuscript is written by various Court hands, with many marginal additions badly cropped in binding. See individual descriptions for more details.
Illumination There are filigree initials throughout, and historiated initials feature in some parts of the manuscript. See individual descriptions for more details.


  • 14th century

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

An Italian manuscript written by several hands. There are no marks of ownership prior to a sale entry of unknown date, and Laing's signature and annotations.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Constitutiones Generales Ordinis S. Francisci.

Previous reference

Laing 33

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern, with Laing stamp, and lettered ' Constitutions Generates Ordinis S. Francisci.'

Collation: a6, b7, c12, d12, e14, f9, g11, h8, i10, k9=98.


20.32 cm X 14.61 cm


Secundo folio: eis dederint
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 98, irregular number of lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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