The compilation 'notitia dignitatum' (Cnd)
the compilation of lists and 89 pictures that began with the list item
notitia dignitatum omnium tam civilium quam militarium in partibus orientis
and ended with the list item
ceteri praesides ad similitudinem praesidis dalmatiae officium habent

and occupied 164 pages in the codex Σ
that existed in Speyer at least between 1426/7 - 1550/51

Transcripts from primary copies of the Compilation 'notitia dignitatum' (Cnd)

The new edition of the Compilation 'notitia dignitatum' will be accompanied by a PDF file containing a transcript of the

  • list items,
  • picture captions,
  • drawing captions
  • drawing inscriptions

that are contained in all the primary copies of the Cnd, that was contained in a codex in the library of the Speyer cathedral chapter.

The purpose in producing these transcripts is to enable the users of the new edition of the Cnd to see, as precisely as the printed form allows, the corresponding contents of all the primary copies of any item, and their location on the pages from which they are derived, in order to provide the user of the edition with the evidence on which the edition of the Cnd is based. This will enable the footnotes on each page in the edition to contain only those alternative α forms which are, in the opinion of the editor, significant in the interpretation of the contents of Cnd.

The following ten pictures, randomly excerpted from the pages of the complete transcript, are provided as samples. The primary copies represented in these extracts are identified in this list.

The transcripts reproduce, as accurately as possible, all abbreviation, punctuation and related symbols in the form in which they occur in each primary copy. These symbols are contained in 7 TrueType (.ttf) font files, comprising more than 1400 characters, also included on the CD.

Each transcript is followed by a series of alphabetic symbols, numbers or words, all in italics, identifying the source of each transcript and adding any other relevant descriptive information .

The location, in each primary copy, of the item corresponding to each transcript, is identified by the following consistent sequence of alphabetic symbols and numbers: the initial symbol identifies the primary copy, followed by a number to denote the number of the folium and a symbol (r or v) to indicate either the recto or verso side of the folium, followed by one or several of the symbols a,b,c,d to represent the columns 1,2,3,4 and, finally, a number or numbers to specify the ruled line space or spaces within the column or columns on which the item occurs. The numbering of ruled line spaces, rather than written lines, is required to identify blank ruled line spaces within a column. Within each transcript, the transition from one ruled line space to the next is indicated by the symbol | and the transition from one column to the next by the symbol ||.
For example, O-88vab1-4 indicates that this is a transcript of the contents in primary copy O, on the verso side of folium 88 in the first four ruled line spaces extending across both columns 1 and 2.
Primary copy T contains no ruled line spaces and has an inconsistent number of written lines in several of those of its columns which are completely filled with list items and which, on the basis of preceding or following items, are considered to indicate what its scribe or scribes regarded to be the maximum number of written lines in a column. Consequently, where an item in T occurs in a column in which list items are preceded by drawing captions (which are always separated vertically by blank spaces) an exact line number cannot be assigned to each list item which, therefore, is assigned an approximate line number preceded by the symbol ?.
For example, T-70va-?27-28 indicates that this is a transcript of the contents existing in primary copy T, on the verso side of folium 70, in column 1 in a position which is approximately the same as that occupied by written lines 27-28 in those columns which, elsewhere, are completely filled with list items.
The printed primary copy B contains its own numeration comprising alphabetic symbols to denote gatherings and, within these, numbers to indicate their folia. This printed numeration is reproduced after each transcript but is followed, in brackets, by the equivalent number of the folium within the entire book beginning from, and including, its title page as folium 1. For example, B-a6v(14v) indicates that the folium which has the printed number a6 in B is the 14th folium within the book.

Following each transcript, the notation <red> indicates that the item corresponding to the transcript is written in red (as distinct from the black or brown in which the remaining text is written) in the identified primary copy, while the symbol <fcs>, denoting framed caption space, indicates that the corresponding drawing caption is contained within a drawn frame, usually a rectangle but sometimes a scroll. All other annotations are self-explanatory.

The transcripts are divided into groups, each corresponding to an item that existed in the >Cnd each item is numbered according to the page on which the corresponding item existed in the >Cnd. For example, the group of transcripts preceded by the number <81.11> indicates that these transcripts represent the 11th item in the list that occupied the 81st page in the Cnd. Where a list in the Cnd occupied more than one page, the location of these pages is known, but not the point of transition from one page to the next, since this varies in copies of the Cnd. Thus, the lists in the edition whose corresponding lists occupied more than one page in the Cnd are numbered according to the range of those pages: for example, <1/2.1> indicates that the corresponding item in the Cnd was the 1st item in the list that occupied pages 1-2.
Like each list, each picture is also numbered according to the page on which the corresponding picture occurred in the Cnd. Each picture caption (above the picture frame) and each drawing caption (within the picture frame) are identified with alphabetic symbols (for example, 82.a) while drawing inscriptions (existing as part, and within the outline, of a drawing) are identified by the number assigned to the drawing of which an inscription forms a part; such numbers are preceded by the symbol # denoting drawing (for example, 82#1).

Within each group of transcripts, they are consistently arranged in the same sequence, (C-N,O,P,F(f-l),T,L,A,B,V,M,W) which corresponds to the approximate chronological order of their production, from C in 1426/7 to W in 1550/51 (with the exception of N, which was produced in 1849 as an intneded facsimile of 3 sheets or folia removed from the same codex of which C is a fragment).

The symbols comprising the drawing inscriptions in (C) at 117#14, 117#15, 117#16, 117#17, 142#2 and (O) at 45#3 and (W) at 35#11, 60#2, 62#2, 66#2, 68#2, 70#2, 73#2, 75#2, 77#2, 79#2, 83#16, 83#18, 83#20, 83#22, 84#16, 84#18, 84#20, 84#22, 108#4, 108#5, 108 #7, 108#8, 108#9, 117#14, 117#15, 117#16, 117#17, 121#3, 123#3, 125#2, 127#2, 129#2, 131#2, 133#2, 134#2, 135#2, 136#2, 138#2, 142#2, 144#2, 146 #2, 148#2, 150#2, 152#2, 153#2, 155#2, which are all indirect copies of, variously, alphabetic / numerical (mostly Greek), or tachygraphic or Late Roman cursive symbols, have been traced from projected colour microfilm images of these symbols and the resultant tracings have then been converted to TrueType fonts.


This page was produced by. Dr Ingo G Maier (Melbourne, Australia) and was last revised on 20 October 2011
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