Expositio Haimonis svper ysaiam Prophetam.

Haimo, of Auxerre, -approximately 855 [Browse]
Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[St. Albans, England] : [producer not identified], [between 1125 and 1175]
168 leaves : parchment, illustrations ; 385 × 265 mm (265 × 180) mm bound to 405 x 285 mm.


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Summary note
Commentary on Isaiah, preface and books I–III.
  • Incipit: “Incipit Expositio Haimonis svper ysaiam Prophetam. Pręfatio. Ysaias propheta nobili prosapia ortus, filius fuit amos … per quam intelligitur tribus beniamin, eo quod in sorte eius sita sit.”
  • Explicit: “…vel in hoc erit illorum sacietas, quia non gaudebunt de reproborum damnatione, sed de sua liberatione. Explicit expositio haimonis Svper ysaiam prophetam.”
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from incipit (fol. 1r)
  • Collation: Parchment ; fol. i (modern paper) + 168 + i (modern paper) ; quire marks at center bottom of last verso ; modern foliation in pencil.
  • Layout: 41 lines per page in two columns ; ruled in brown.
  • Decoration: Three Romanesque initials (fols. 1r and 17r) believed to be the work of a follower of the Alexis Master, one of the illuminators of the St. Albans Psalter. Lesser divisions are marked by 2-line initials in red, green, or red and green. Faint pen drawings added in outside margins in the later medieval period, including a grotesque fol. 11r and a nude woman fol. 28r. Manicules (fol. 63v). See the entry in Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, page 148 for detailed description of the decorations.
  • Origin: Produced in the Benedictine Abbey of St. Alban, in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, in the mid-12th century.
Binding note
England, 12th/17th century. Brown calf over pasteboard. Double ruling in gold on covers, gold-stamped designs on spine, and gold-stamped floral pattern on edges.
Language note
Following the dissolution of St. Albans Abbey in 1539, acquired by Thomas Brudenell of Deene, Northamptonshire. Intermediate provenance is unknown. An unidentified dealer's mark "A1644" is on the front pastedown in pencil. Robert Garrett purchased the manuscript from the New York antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich. Garrett's gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 147-149.
Place name(s)
England St. Albans.
Title from print catalog
  • Commentary on Isaiah
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