383J.  Johannes de Anania legist of Bologna.  d.‡1455-57.

Commentaria super prima et secunda parte libri quinti Decretalium. Add: Repertorium.

Bologna : Henricus de Colonia, 7 Dec. 1479, 5 Jan. 1480.             $17,000


IMG_2433Large folio 422 x 285mm.   In three parts, dated: 7 Dec. 1479 (Commentaria, partes I-II); 5 Jan. 1480 (Repertorium) No copy of parts II & III in the US.IMG_2434

Pars III (bound first) a8,b6,c10,d6,e8,f4,g8.    (lacking a1Blank)                                                                                   Pars I (bound second)  a10,b8-i8,k6,l8,m8,n6,o6,p8,q8,r10s10.                                               Pars II    (bound third) A8,-F8,G6,H8,-L8,M6,N8,O8P6,Q8,R8,S6,T8,U10,X8-Z8, &8, ¶8,€8, ¡8.

The margin of  a2 of the Repertorium cut off with no text loss (see image) This is a very very wild margined copy, with strong and crisp paper. The first leaf is stroked in red and IMG_2432blue. Throughout the rest of the books capital spaces are left blank.  This copy is bound in 19th century vellum.

ANANI’A, JOHANNES DE : his family name is unknown: he was called De Anania from his birthplace, Anagni. Alidosi says that he was of the family of the Catani, and that his father’s name was Leonardo. He taught canon law in Bologna, and had the reputation of a conscientious man. He studied under Floriano di San Pietro. Alexander Tartagni and Andreas Barbati were his scholars; the former became his step-son, and the latter inherited his library. According to Orlandi, Anania was sent ambassador from the city of Bologna to Pope Martin V. in 1425, and he was also employed to conduct negotiations with other princes. Johannes de Anania at the time of his death, in 1455 or 1458, was archdeacon at Bologna. Spangenberg enumerates four of his works, three of which were published at Lyon between 1521 and 1555 : — 1. A Commentary on the fifth book of the Decretals, published in folio at Lyon in 1521, and IMG_2442reprinted there in 1553. 2. Consilia, discovered and edited by Ludovico Bolognini, in folio, at Lyon in 1555, reprinted at Venice in 1570. 3. “De Revocatione Feudi alienati,” in octavo, at Lyon, in 1546, reprinted at Basle in 1564. 4. A Collection of the Decisions of the Roman Rota, at Venice, in folio, in 1496. Mazzuchelli mentions a treatise on the law as to salaries, “Allegatio de Salario et Stipendio ac de Obligatione et Promissione Domini,” which is preserved in MS. at Bologna in the library of the Collegio di Spagna. In addition to these Lipenius ascribes to Johannes de Anania a legal tract on church patronage, “De Jure Patronatus Ecclesiastico,” published at Amsterdam in 1640; and a collection of cases (” Quaestiones”) at Cologne in 1570. To the folio edition of Baldus, “In Usus Feudorum Commentaria,” published at Lyon in 1550, there is appended a thesis on the law regarding the alienation of fiefs, maintained by Johannes de Anania at a public disputation in Bologna. The date is not given, but he is styled “Doctor et Canonicus,” and his opponent is said to have been Secundinus de Natis; and the publisher intimates that the IMG_2449MS. had been preserved in the library of Johannes Nevizanus at Asti. No. 446. of the Arundel MSS. in the library of the British Museum contains a treatise “De Usuris” by Johannes de Anania. The volume is of a large folio form, and the ” De Usuris,” written in a small character with numerous contractions, occupies the folios 93. to 164. inclusive, each folio containing four columns. These treatises are the only compositions of the author we have seen, and they leave a favourable impression of his skill in selecting authorities to support and elucidate his positions, and of his talent for lucid arrangement. (Mazzuchelli, Scrittori d’ Italia; Spangenberg, in Ersch und Gruber’s Allgemeine Encyclopadie; Alidosi, Appendice alli Dottori Bolognesi de Legge Canonica e Civile; Orlandi, Notizie degli Scrittori Bolognesi; Baldus Perusinus, in Usus Feudorum Commentaria doctissima, quibus accesserunt Andr. Siculi Adnotationes una cum Joan. de Anania eleganti Disputatione in tres secta Quastiones, Lugduni, 1550, fol.; Arundel MSS. in the British Museum, No. 446.) W. W.

Not in Goff: ISTC ij00250150; H 938*; Torchet 521; IGI 5245; IBE 3188; Kotvan 702; Sajó-Soltész 1881; Martín Abad J-44; Voull(B) 2735,20; Walsh 3188; BSB-Ink I-365; GW M12841


Austria    Wien,        Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Ink 12.A.2: imperfect, part I and II only)
British Isles                Manchester, John Rylands University Library (R59971)
France                         Angers UCO (imperfect)
Germany                     Berlin, Staatsbibliothek
Leipzig                         BVerwG
München,                    Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Nürnberg                    Stadtbibliothek (I-II)
Ulm StB
Hungary                      Esztergom Eccl metr
Italy                              Bologna, Biblioteca Universitaria (imperfect, wanting f. p1-8)
Firenze,                       Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (Corte d’Appello inc. 14)
Padova                         Cap
Padova,                        Biblioteca Universitaria
Verona.                        Cap
Slovakia                       Martin Matica
Spain and Portugal   Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional
Tarazona                      BCap
United States               Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Law School Library (I)
Vatican City.                Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Inc.S.64)
Number of holding institutions19: five of which are missing complete parts.