Liber dialogorvm.

Gregory I, Pope, approximately 540-604 [Browse]
Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[Regensburg, Germany], [1081 or 1082]
86 leaves : parchment ; 250 x 182 (200 x 140) mm bound to 253 x 190 mm.


Former owner
Rare books genre
Summary note
A collection focusing on miracles, signs, wonders, and healings done by the holy men of sixth-century Italy in the form of a conversation between Pope Gregory and a deacon named Peter.
  • Incipit: “Incipit liber dialogorvm. Qvadam die dum nimis [q]uorundam secularium tumultibus depressus essem quibus in suis negotiis plerumque…”
  • Explicit: “…et fidenter dico, quia salutari hostia post mortem non indigemus, si ante mortem hostia ipsi fuerimus. Finit deo gratias ago."
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from incipit (fol. 1r).
  • List of chapters (fol. 84v-86r). The anonymous text Visio Karoli III, also called Visio Karoli Grossi, on folio 86v. Included in the Chronicon Centulense, this text begins :“Visio quam uidit Karolus de suo nomine tertius imperato".
  • Collation: Parchment ; quiremarks for quires 5, 7, and 8 (written as “iix”) ; modern foliation in pencil.
  • Layout: 35 long lines per page.
  • Description: Rubricated ; stress marks ; chapter divisions in orange-red roman numerals in the margins; caps filled in with red; occasionally some lines re-inked in the 12th century.
  • Decoration: Plain red initials of 6 to 9 lines for the beginnings of the four books: fols. 1r, 16v, 33v, and 58r. Several 2-line litterae notabiliores, and many capitals within the text stroked with red.
  • Origin: Written in 1081-1082 by the Irish scribe Johannes [Eoin], working in the Irish Benedictine foundation in Regensburg, Germany.
Binding note
Germany, 13th century. Alum-tawed pigskin over beech boards (6 mm thick). The textblock was trimmed flush with the boards (253 x 190 mm). Strap-and-pin fastening from bottom to top, but previously strapped from top to bottom. Pastedowns are from a 13th-century table of running titles from an unidentified theological manuscript.
Language note
Late Carolingian minuscule.
The MS belonged to the Cistercians of Hohenfurth until at least 1910. The Munich antiquarian bookseller Emil Hirsch (1851-1923) listed it for sale in a catalog. Robert Garrett (1875-1961) purchased the manuscript through the bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich (1865-1930). 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 137-139.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Place name(s)
Germany Regensburg.
Other title(s)
  • Dialog
  • Visio Karoli III.
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