Pseudo-Clemens Romanus: Recognitionum libri X (Itinerarium Clementis papae)

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 Tyrannius Rufinus (or Rufinus Aqileiensis, 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

For a detailed codex description see:

Dániel Pócs, Pseudo-Clemens Romanus: Clemens-regény (Recognitionum libri X), in: Edina Zsupán (ed.), “Az ország díszére”. A Corvina könyvtár budai műhelye, kiállítási katalógus, Budapest, OSZK 2020, Kat.-No F3, 291-294.


Shelfmark: Cod. Lat. 3.
Country: Hungary
City: Budapest
Keeper location: University Library, Eötvös Loránd University
Author: Pseudo-Clemens Romanus
Content: Recognitionum libri X (Itinerarium Clementis papae)
Translator: Rufinus Aquileiensis
Writing medium: parchment
Number of sheets: II + 134 + I* fol.
Sheet size: 320 × 230 mm
Place of writing: Florence
Date of writing: c. 1469
Scriptor: Hubertus W., unsigned Cf. Albinia de La Mare, New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence, in: Annarosa Garzelli (a cura di), Miniatura Fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525. Un primo censimento, 2 vols, Florence 1985, 395-600, (459-460, 504 No 32/1)
Illuminator: Francesco di Antonio del Chierico, Cf. Annarosa Garzelli (a cura di), Miniatura Fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525. Un primo censimento, 2 vols, Florence 1985, vol. II, 214, Fig. 376 - Tabernaculum on Fol. Iv has been modified and supplemented by an illuminator of the Buda atelier in the late 1480s (cf. Pócs 2020, see above)
Place of illumination: Florence, Atelier of Vespasiano da Bisticci (Cf. Pócs 2020, see above)
Date of illumination: c. 1469
Crest: King Matthias' Hungarian and Bohemian royal coat-of-arms; "second heraldic painter", Buda, late 1480s
Possessor, provenience: Johannes Vitéz de Zredna (?), 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)