On the back of the volume, which is unusually thin, is ‘I. viii. Bull. Di. A. T. 74.’ On the outside face of the front cover of the original parchment binding, preserved at the beginning of the volume, is the contemporary description ‘Registrum Bullarum diversorum annorum pontificatus fe(licis) re(cordationis) d(omini) Innocentij pape viiij’ and ‘Vidit Hier.,’ and also a later note ‘Emptus die quinto Octobris 1530 a m(agistr)o Vincentio Januen. (?) lib(rario) in Campo Flore. Verisius notarius Camere apostolice,’ seemingly meaning that the volume was bought by or from a bookseller in the market in the Campo de’ Fiori on 5 Oct. 1530. On the inside face of the same front cover is the left half of a draft papal bull. At the end of the volume is also preserved the back cover of the original binding, on the inside of which is the right half of the same bull, or nearly so, a vertical strip of text between the two halves of the bull having been cut off, in order to make them fit the volume. The bull, which is dated ‘Rome apud sanctum Petrum anno incarnationis dominice mil [lesimo quadringent] esimo nonagesimo sexto [a blank space left here for the day of the month] pontificatus nostri anno quinto,’ is a provision by pope [Alexander VI] to Miletus Droyni, a continual member of the pope's household, of a chaplaincy at the altar of St. Blaise (sancti Blasii) in the parish church of St. Peter, Besancon (Bisuntin.), of which, on its voidance by the resignation of Stephen Monssardus (dilecti filii Stephani Monssardi), the said pope made provision to Richard [surname cut off], clerk, of the diocese of Besancon, who has resigned the grant to the pope, so that the chaplaincy is still void.
This shows, incidentally, that the present volume of the registers of Innocent VIII received its parchment binding in or after the year 1496, and that the other volumes were presumably bound during the same period.
The volume (part of which at the beginning is missing) contains only 1–127 ff. of text, and the latter part of it is much waterstained, perhaps as a result of its exposure on the bookstall in the Campo de’ Fiori. There are only seven ‘rubricelle’ at the beginning of the volume, corresponding to the first 30 folios of text.
||Reg. Vat. DCCLXXII, the first of the Registers of Alexander VI (which are bound in blue, except the last seven of them, whereas those of Innocent VIII are bound in red), is described on the back as ‘Alex. vi. Bullar. Ann. i. Tom. i.’ It naturally consists almost entirely of bulls of Alexander VI, but contains a few of Innocent VIII, viz. two on ff. 241v.–244v. (afterwards registered, as notes in the margin certify, ‘in libro 69. Innocentii,’ i.e. Reg. Vat. DCCLXVI), one on ff. 247r.–248r., and one on ff. 261r.–263v. None of them concerns the Calendar.