Book Covered with Early Printing

This volume is bound in what appears to be pages from an early printed book rather than a handwritten manuscript, with hand embellishments added. The pages likely come from an early printed Catholic Missal, a book containing prescribed liturgies and readings for the church year. The front cover contains text from the mass for the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi, composed by Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century, followed by readings from the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John.

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Front cover

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Back cover

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Title page

Zabarella, Francesco. Consilia eminentissimi i.v. interpretis D. Francisci Zabarellae, patritii patavini, Cardinalis Florentini … Venetiis : Apud Iannem Baptistam a Porta, MDLXXXI [1581]

The book contained within these manuscript bookbindings is a consilia, a compilation of legal opinions by a prominent legal scholar of the time. This particular consilia was written by Francesco Zabarella (1360-1417), a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church as well as a scholar of canon law.

Book Covered with Early Printing