Pseudo Clemes Romanus: Recognitionum libri X
The codex contains the Latin version of (pseudo) Clemens’ Recognitiones. The Greek original was composed in the 3rd century AD probably in Syria and is falsely attributed to Pope St Clemens; the real author is unknown. The Latin version by Tyrranius Rufinus (cca 345‒411/412) enjoyed remarkable popularity in the Middle Ages. Rufinus dedicated his translation to Gaudentius, bishop of Brescia (†410) who is mentioned as Pope in the text. The T[ibi] initial on the title page depicts the figures of both men.
The title-page is considered to be part of the oeuvre of the Florentine master Francesco di Antonio del Chierico. The tabernacle and the drapery on f. IIv is an overpainting of poor quality under which the traces of the original high-quality image are discernible. (Edina Zsupán)
Source: The Corvina Library and the Buda Worskhop: [National Széchényi Library, November 6, 2018 –February 9, 2019] A Guide to the Exhibition; introduction and summary tables: Edina Zsupán; object descriptions: Edina Zsupán, Ferenc Földesi; English translation: Ágnes Latorre, Budapest: NSZL, 2018, p. 140
DATA SHEETShelfmark: Cod. Lat. 3.
Keeper location: University Library, Eötvös Loránd University
Author: Pseudo-Clemens Romanus
Content: Recognitionum libri X
Translator: Rufinus Aquilegiensis
Writing medium: parchment
Number of sheets: 134 fol.
Sheet size: 320 × 230 mm
Place of writing: Florence
Date of writing: 1460–1470
Scriptor: Hubertus W., unsigned
Illuminator: Francesco Antonio del Cherico (?)
Place of illumination: Florence
Date of illumination: 1460–1470
Crest: King Matthias' Hungarian and Bohemian royal coat-of-arms; "second" heraldic painter, Buda, late 1480s
Possessor, provenience: King Matthias Hunyadi; Ottoman sultans; it was returned to Hungary as a present of Abdul Hamid, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 1877.
Binding: 19-th century, wooden board, green Turkish leather binding. Originally bound in red velvet, the title on the Buda-style fore-edge reads: ITINERARIUM CLEMENTIS
Language of corvina: Latin
Condition: Restored (NSZL, Györgyi Szlabey, 1990–1991)