Libro de capitoli della compagnia della fraternita di santo bernardo la quale si raguna alla badia a septimo ... [etc.]

Manuscript, Book
[Morimondo, Italy], [between 900 and 1600]
198 leaves : parchment, illustrations ; 202 x 135-140 (115-155 x 36-80) mm bound to 213 x 150 mm.


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Summary note
Miscellany of religious texts and fragments.
  • Incipit: [Libro de capitoli] “Il honore sia di dio omnipotente, padre figliuolo et spirito sancto et della gloriosa uergine madre maria, et de sancti apostoli piero et paulo et del diuoto et mellifluo doctore messere sancto bernardo di nostra compagnia advocato et padre, et generalmente di tutta la celestiale corte del paradiso." -- [Prologus] “Non ita est ordo apud gre[cos qui integre sapiunt] cleri(!) rectam sectantur [epistolarum septem que canonice] nuncupantur … nec sancte Scripture veritatem poscentibus denegabo." -- [Epistola sancti Jude apostoli] “Iacobus Dei ac domini nostri ihesu christi seruus, duodecim tribus quę sunt in dispersione salutem…” -- [Psalms] “ ... [puri]tatem manuum mearum in conspectu oculorum eius…"
  • Explicit: [Libro de capitoli] “…faue sedici bianche infra tutto il numero ero delli cento du ...” -- [Prologus] Prologus -- [Epistola sancti Jude apostoli] “…omnia secula seculorum. Amen. Explicit epistola sancti Jude apostoli.” -- [Psalms] “…enim in corde suo oblitus est deus auertit faciem suam ne uideat in finem.”
  • Ms. composite codex.
  • Title from incipit of first work (fol. 3r).
  • Collation: Parchment ; fol. i (paper) + 197 + i (paper) ; some quire marks ; modern foliation in pencil.
  • Layout: 15-43 lines per page in 1, 2, or 3 columns.
  • Description: Damage to upper corner resulting in loss of text on fol. 26-35
  • Decoration: 1-, 2-, and 3-line blue or red initials in the Libro de capitoli (fol. 3r-23v). The Catholic Epistles (fols. 27v-100v) are decorated with anthropomorphic and zoömorphic initials at the beginning of each epistle. 1-, 2-, and 4-line red initials in the incomplete Psalter (fol. 101r-199v).
  • Origin: Produced at least in part at the Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria di Monimondo.
Binding note
Later binding. Italy, 17th century(?). Blind-tooled brown calf over pasteboard. The textblock is sewn on three bands; endbands with secondary sewing in green and tan.
Language note
  • Carolingian minuscule;
  • Protogothic;
  • Textualis rotunda.
  • 1. fol. 3r-23v: Libro de capitoli della compagnia della fraternita di santo bernardo la quale si raguna alla badia a septimo. Contains 31 capitoli of constitutions or rules in Italian for a confraternity dedicated to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153) and associated with a Cistercian abbey in Florence.
  • 2. fol. 24r-25r: [Fragments] Includes fragments of a text that quotes Matthew 13:43, and St. Jerome's Ad Oceanum.
  • 3. fol. 26r: Prologus. St. Jerome's Prologus in epistolas canonicas, with Glossa ordinaria.
  • 4. fol. 27r: [Extracts] Copied in the late 12th or early 13th century; includes selections from Bede the Venerable, St. Jerome and from a gloss (“Catholice dicuntur haec epistole...).
  • 5. fol. 27v-100v: Epistola sancti Jude apostoli. N.T. Catholic Epistles with Glossa ordinaria.
  • 6. fol. 101r-199v: [Psalms]. An incomplete 10th-century monastic Psalter from northern Italy, containing Psalms 17:24–85:12; Psalms 5:13–6:11; Psalm 9:22–32
Owned by the Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria di Morimondo. Acquired by the bookseller Ulrico Hoepli. Purchased by the Princeton University Library in 1893 (Acc. no. 88330).
Source acquisition
Gift George Henry Boker.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 180-182.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Place name(s)
Italy Morimondo
Other title(s)
  • Opusc. Divers
  • Libro de capitoli della compagnia della fraternita di santo bernardo la quale si raguna alla badia a septimo.
  • Glossa ordinaria.
  • Bible. Catholic Epistles
  • Bible. Psalms. Selections.
Title from print catalog
  • Monastic miscellany
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