Sermones Sancti Augustini Episcopi.

Augustine, of Hippo, Saint, 354-430 [Browse]
Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[France] : [producer not identified], [between 1100-1150]
106 leaves : parchment, illustrations ; 193 x 115 (125-132 x 80) mm bound to 200 x 124 mm.


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Summary note
Prologue and ten sermons based on the Gospel of John.
  • Incipit: “Sermones Sancti Augustini Episcopi. de caritate in epistola beati johannis euangeliste ab eo quod scriptum est: quod fuit ab initio usque id, qui odit fratrem suum in tenebris ambulat, et nescit quo eat? quoniam tenebre excecauerunt oculos eius…”
  • Explicit: “Quis me amauit et ad me non peruenit?”
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from incipit (fol. 2b).
  • An entire quire is missing between quires 11 and 12.
  • Collation: Parchment ; fol. 106 ; quires numbered on verse of final leaf using black dots ; modern foliation in pencil.
  • Layout: 21 lines per page.
  • Description: Incipit and section headings in alternate lines of red and green ; capitals stroked in red.
  • Decoration: Sermons open with an 8- to 10-line foliate Romanesque pen-drawn initial in brown ink, uncolored (fols. 28r, 39v, 50r, 61r, 89r, and 102r); beasts included within initials on fols. 50r and 61r; Sermon 1 opens with a 3-line parti-colored initial in red and green on fol. 3r.
  • Origin: Probably from Alsace, possibly the Metz area.
Binding note
France (Alsace), 12th century. Quarter-sawn oak (10 mm thick), with plain-wound endbands over split alum-tawed bands. Remains of strap with three brass nails on upper and remains of 5 pins for catchplate on lower cover.
Language note
Unknown early provenance. 17th century owned by the Jesuit College at Metz. In the 18th century may have been taken to China, or at least was marked by a missionary to China since it has two different Chinese ownership seals. Bernard Quaritch offered it for sale in 1910. Sold 1912 by Sotheby's, London to J.&J. Leighton. An unidentified American sale catalogue description formerly pasted on the inside front cover lists this manuscript as no. 380, and quotes a 1904 publication. Robert Garrett purchased the manuscript in March 1925 from the New York bookseller Erhard Weyhe. Garrett's gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 122-124.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Place name(s)
France. Grand Est.
Title from printed catalog
  • In Iohannis epistulam ad Parthos tractatus
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