Aeneid / Virgil.

Virgil [Browse]
Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[Italy] : [producer not identified], [between 1200 and 1225]
1 volume (i, 124, i leaves) : parchment, illustrations ; 21 cm


Library of Congress genre(s)
  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Script: Protogothic.
  • Decoration: Books II-XII each begin with a 6- to 10-line initial painted in orange-red, olive green, and ochre formed of interlace and foliage patterns. On fol. 31r, the initial is decorated with faint human heads, initials found on fols. 12r, 22r, 31r, 39v, 50v, 61v, 71v, 80r, 90r, 101r, 112r. Verses preceding books 4 and 6-12 begin with a 2- or 3-line red initial. A penwork interlace sketch on fol. 101v.
Binding note
Italy, late 18th or early 19th century. Calf over pasteboard, with gilt borders and a gilt stamp in each corner.
  • 1.2r: “[I]lle ego qui quondam gracili modulatus Auena ...” Explicit: “Gratum opus agricolis atque nunc orrencia martis.”
  • 2.2r-123v: “[A]rma uirumque cano troie qui primus ab oris | Italiam fato profugus Lauinaque uenit ...” Explicit: “Uitaque cum gemitu fugit indignata sub umbras. | Explicit liber duo[d]ecimus uirgilii. | Mantuani poetarum eximo | Mantua me genuit calabri rapuere [tenet nunc] | Parthenope cecini pascua rura duces. Eustasius scripsit.”
Garrett MS. 109 was written in Italy at the beginning of the 13th century, in the opinion of Richard H. Rouse, who judged from the suspension of letters, the joining or bow-biting of d and e and of d and o, as well as the paraph marks. The name of the scribe Eustasius is found in the colophon on fol. 123v. Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript from Quaritch on 1 October 1905. Garrett's bookplate is on the inside front cover. His gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 241-242.
Cite as
Garrett MS. 109, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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