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Alphonsus de Benavento, Treatise

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Description Alphonsus de Benavento wrote the treatise on penitential canons and acts of confession contained in this manuscript. The colophon informs us that Alphonsus was a professor of canon law at the university of Salmanca, Spain, and wrote this manuscript in 1456 in the nearby city of Tejares. At that time there was a pestilence in the city, for which Alphonsus asks for prayers. A historiated initial in which Alphonsus presents the treatise to a bishop begins the text, and the manuscript still retains its original stamped red leather binding.
  • Bindings from the Islamic World. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
Provenance Marques de Morante collection, Madrid, 1859 (?) [cat. VI, 1859, n. 11107, pp. 533, 534] [mode of acquisition]; Baschelin, Paris, 1872, by purchase [from Morante Sale, 1, n. 47]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ink and pigments on thin to medium-weight parchment bound between wooden boards covered with orange-red leather tooled with Hispano-Moresque design with rectangular borders
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Overall H: 8 11/16 x W: 5 13/16 in. (22 x 14.7 cm); Folio H: 8 3/16 × W: 5 9/16 in. (20.8 × 14.2 cm)
  • Spain (Place of Binding)
  • Spain (Place of Binding)
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