2 Elaborately decorated doctorate / Padua University 106


Description: Elaborately decorated doctorate, with the recipient's coat of arms,
in its original richly gold-tooled goatskin with
Padua University's large wax seal

[A doctorate in law from the University of Padua, granted under the auspices of the Doge of Venice, Aloysius Mocenigo II]. [Incipit:] In Christi nomine amen[.] Anno reparatæ salutis millesimo septingentesimo secundo, Ducatus . . . Aloysii Mocenico . . .
Padua, 25 February 1702. 24.5×18.5 cm. Manuscript authentication of the award of a doctorate in law, written in black ink and gold on sheepskin parchment, with the recipient's full-page coat of arms in red, blue, black, silver and gold, that page and the facing opening page of text with wide and elaborate borders in 5 colours plus black and gold, their decorations including a peacock, eagle, rampant lion holding a hat, fruits and flowers; the narrower floral borders of the remaining 3 pages in red and gold. Contemporary richly gold-tooled tanned goatskin in a panel design. Attached by braided cords is a flat metal canister covered with matching gold-tooled goatskin, containing the red wax seal of the University (5.5 cm diameter); metal corner pieces on the 4 fore-edge corners.
€ 2,500
An elaborately decorated manuscript serving as authentication of the granting of a doctorate in law by the University of Padua to Josephus Storch of Merano (Meran) in South Tyrol, son of Franciscus Storch. It survives in its original, richly gold-tooled binding, with the large seal of the University ("SIGILLVM VNIVERSITATIS IVRISTARVM PADVA 1627") attached by a braided cord. Since Padua fell under the authority of the Venetian Republic at this date, the doctorate was awarded under the auspices of the Doge of Venice. It further names various officials of the University as well as professors of Roman law, canon law and criminal law.
The binding is slightly rubbed, mainly near the edges, outside the gold tooling. There is a crack in the wax seal, and the originally red cord attaching it has faded to light brown, except the part closed inside the manuscript. In good condition, with the decorations and gold lettering well preserved.
For the binding: cf. British Library Database (shelfmark Davies875) (similar design).
  • Number: 1010721
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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