Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Codex 1334 Instrucion para actuar los comissarios y notarios de el Sancto Officio
TitleInstrucion para actuar los comissarios y notarios de el Sancto Officio
- Pedraça, Alonso de, 17th cent
- Espinosa, Pedro de, 17th cent
- Urturi y Ibañez, Jacinto de, 17th cent
- Villaviciosa, Bartolome Francisco de, 17th cent
Other related names
- Nithard, Juan Everardo, 1607-1679, dedicatee
- Lea, Henry Charles, 1825-1909, former owner
Call numberMs. Codex 1334
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4441410
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageSpanish, with numerous passages in Latin
A book of instructions for commissioners of the Spanish Inquisition, a relatively low position in the hierarchy of the Inquisition, and notaries, a secretarial but slightly higher position, written in 1667 by Alonso de Pedraça, himself a notary and commissioner for over 30 years in the city of Cuenca, Spain, location of a permanent Inquisitorial tribunal established in 1489. Contains an elaborate dedication to the then Inquisitor General, Juan Everardo Nithard, containing a coat of arms, and letters of approbation from Pedro de Espinosa, Jacinto de Urturi y Ibañez, and Bartolome Francisco de Villaviciosa, all leading figures in the church and municipal government of Cuenca at the time. The instructions detail the process of determining or confirming genealogy and purity of bloodlines, referred to in the text as limpieça de sangre, including the summoning and examination of witnesses, as well as the evaluation of hearsay evidence.
- Ms. codex.
- Title from title page (p. 1).
WatermarkUnidentified coat of arms watermark consisting of a shield, a crowned eagle displayed and a bendlet, also a crest and a mantle.
Extent71 leaves : 229 x 172 mm. bound to 237 x 183 mm
FoliationPaper, ii + 71 + ii; [i-xxviii], 1-104, [i-x]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners; modern pagination in pencil, upper outer corners.
BindingContemporary gilt leather; printed book plate inside upper cover reads San Pablo de Cuenca; spine reads Instrucion de comissarios 1667.
Full page ink drawing of a complete heraldic achievement (p. iii), possibly the ecclesiastical coat of arms of Inquisitor General and dedicatee Juan Everardo Nithard, consisting mainly of a shield in four quarters, two with a crowned golden eagle on a white background and two with a white chevron on a blue background. Ecclesiastical attributes are also present which indicate it belongs to a bishop. Exterior ornaments include two Dominican friars, possibly Saint Dominic and Saint Peter Martyr; section titles in red and black (p. 1, 9); 4-line opening initial in gold; 3-line text initials in gold (p. 2, 3, 9).
- Formerly owned by Henry Charles Lea (signature, front flyleaf, 1873; bookplate, inside lower cover).
- Bequest of Henry Charles Lea, 1909.
- Inquisition--Spain--Early works to 1800
- Manuals (instructional materials)
- Manuscripts, Spanish--17th century
- Manuscripts, European
Table of contents
Inside front cover
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Decoration: Bookplate, Inside front cover
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Section: Instrucion y formulario..., p. 1
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Decoration: Illuminated initial, Initial I, p. 2
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Decoration: Illuminated initial, Initial E, p. 3
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Section: Informacion de la genealogia y limpieca de sangre de N. vecino de N., p. 9
Decoration: Illuminated initial, Initial E, p. 9
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Section: Publico y notorio publica voz y fama, p. 42
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Section: De relatione actorum a commissario facienda, p. 88