Libellus de miraculis sanctae Mariae ... [etc.]

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Manuscript, Book
Language
Latin
Published/​Created
[Lambach, Austria], [between 1100 and 1200]
Description
103 leaves : parchment, illustrations ; 195 x 130 mm (148 x 92) mm bound to 197 x 138 mm.

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Liber de miraculis Beatae Virginis Mariae by Potho of Prüfening with a miscellany of shorter texts from various sources.
Notes
  • Incipit: [Libellus de miraculis] "Incipit libellus de miraculis sanctae Mariae. Prologus. Ad omnipotentis dei lavdem cum sepe recitantvr miracula sanctorum ..." -- [De dyalectica] "Incipit disputatio karoli regis et albini magistri sui de dyalectica et uirtutibus. Karolus." -- [Sermon] "Ut a magistri uerbis exordium sumat sermo, qui non amat dominum deum, anathema sit. valde mihi amandus est per quem sum uiuo et sapio." -- [Alius Sermo de sancta Maria] "Alius Sermo de sancta Maria. Ecce virgo concipiet et pariet filium et vocabitur nomen eius emmanuel ..." -- [Alius Sermo] "Alius Sermo Caelum, sydera, terra, flumina, dies, nox, et quaecumque humanae potestati sunt obnoxia ..." -- [Sermo de purificatione] "Sermo de purificatione sanctae Mariae. Postquam impleti sunt dies purgationis Mariae ..." -- [Sententiae (St. Bernard)] "Fecit Rex Salomon thronum de ebore grandem et uestiuit illum auro fuluo; et erat rotundus a parte posteriori ..." -- [Parabola 1] "Rex dives et potens deus omnipotens filium sibi fecit hominem quem creauit ..." -- [Parabola 3] "Inter Ierusalem et babylon ordinatae sunt acies ad bellum terribilem et ordinatam." -- [Parabola 4] "Simile est regnum caelorum homini regi, qui fecit nuptias filio suo." -- [De Unione] "De Unione. Ad maiorem eorum euidentiam que de domini incarnatione credenda sunt." -- [Sententiae (Anselm)] "Principium et causa omnium deus ante omnia aeternaliter in omnibus inuariabiliter et post omnia est interminabiliter."
  • Explicit: [Libellus de miraculis] "... quatinus hoc memorabile miraculum fidelium cordibus omni tempore ad laudem christi semper feruentius inherere potvisset. Explicit liber de miraculis sanctae mariae." -- [De dyalectica] "Contradictio est af- firmationis uel negationis obpositio, ut socrates disputat, socrates non disputat. Explicit disputatio Albini cum Karolo de dyalectica." -- [Sermon] "... nec de- teriora scriptis uirgilii et vari, nec minus recipienda, nec p[rae]nestina (?) scripta." -- [Alius Sermo de sancta Maria] "... te quoque intercedente participes nos faciat glorie et beatitudinis sue, Iesus Christus." -- [Alius Sermo] "... et in hoc consumetur uita mea, ut in eternum psallat substantia mea. Benedictus dominus in eternum. fiat, fiat." -- [Sermo de purificatione] "... ut filium quem in templum presentauit faciat nobis placabilem, ut cum iusto Symeone uidere mereamur salutare dei, Dominum nostrum iesum christum. Qui cum p[atrem] ..." -- [Sententiae (St. Bernard)] "Ipsa est stella, cuius ducatu et interuentu ad patriam transeamus; ipsa deum patrem nobis fecit fratrem; orat et deprecatur dominum pro seruis, filium pro filiis; sed naturalem pro adoptiuis." -- [Parabola 1] "... deinde trepidus est et pusilla nimis in aduersis; postremo prouidus et eruditus et perfectus in regno karitatis." -- [Parabola 3] "... ubi beati pacifici filii dei interius et exterius omnibus pacificatis ingressi gaudium domini sui celebrant sabbatum sabbatorum." -- [Parabola 4] "Qui iam mysterium iniquitatis operatur, praenunciis eius undique ecclesie sugillantibus ecce hic et ecce illic." -- [De Unione] "... non quia iurauit, sed quia male iurauit, non tamen hoc fecit aliqua uoluntate, si ivro me daturum tres marcas, non iuro me debere dare duas aut unam, et tamen ex iuramento teneor dare unam, dare duas." -- [Sententiae (Anselm)] "Omnes quippe in eo peccauerunt quia in eo omnes fuerunt non personaliter sed materialiter, quia omnium materia in eo fuit."
  • Ms. composite codex.
  • Title from incipit of first work (fol. 1r).
  • A few marginal notations or additions of lists, prayers, further commentary or maniculae, esp. fols. 78v–79r, 81v–82r; additions often outlined in red.
  • Collation: 27-31 lines per page ; ruled.
  • Layout: Parchment; fol. 103 ; some quire marks ; foliation in ink.
  • Description: Folio 130 defective, lower portion missing.
  • Decoration: Two Romanesque interlaced initials with foliage, drawn in orange-red with minimal brown penwork for detail (fol. 1r). Historiated initial depicting Charlemagne (r. 768-814) and Alcuin (735-804) (fol. 61r). Other divisions marked with orange-red Romanesque initials of 3-8 lines. Manicules.
  • Origin: Written at the Benedictine Abbey at Lambach, Austria, judging from decoration and medieval provenance.
Binding note
Later binding. Austria, 15th century. Beech boards (9-10 mm) covered in calfskin that has been blind-stamped and blind-tooled. Single strap-and-pin fastening from lower to upper board (strap now removed); 4 bosses on the front board and a pin in the center; 5 round bosses on the back board. Plain-wound endbands. Pastedowns taken from an eleventh-century breviary.
Language note
Latin;
Script
Protogothic.
Contents
  • 1. fol. 1r-61r: Libellus de miraculis sanctae Mariae.
  • 2. fol. 61r-74r: De dyalectica et uirtutibus / [Alcuin].
  • 3. fol. 74r-78v: [Sermon] Unidentified sermon, drawn largely from St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), Sermones super Cantica Canticorum, Sermons 20, 33, and 31.
  • 4. fol. 78v-79v: Alius Sermo de sancta Maria.
  • 5. fol. 79v-81r: Alius Sermo.
  • 6. fol. 81r-82v: Sermo de purificatione sanctae Mariae.
  • 7. fol. 82v-83r: [Sententiae / St. Bernard of Clairvaux]
  • 8. fol. 83v-85v: [Parabola 1 / St. Bernard of Clairvaux]
  • 9. fol. 85v-86v: [Parabola 3 / St. Bernard of Clairvaux]
  • 10. fol. 86v-88v: [Parabola 4 / St. Bernard of Clairvaux]
  • 11. fol. 89r-95v: De Unione. Anonymous scholastic treatise.
  • 12. fol. 95v-103r: [Sententiae / Anselm of Laon] Incomplete.
Provenance
Held by the Benedictine Abbey at Lambach, Austria from at least 1210 until at least 1919. Sometime in the first quarter of the 20th century, it was removed from the monastery. Sold by Sotheby's, London at a sale beginning on 16 July 1928 to Maggs Bros. Senator David Aiken Reed, Princeton Class of 1900, acquired the manuscript at an unknown date. His gift to the Princeton University Library in 1946 (Acc. no. AM 13258 written on fols. 1r and 2r).
Source acquisition
Gift; David Aiken Reed, 1946.
References
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 240-243.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Place name(s)
Austria Upper Austria Lambach
Other title(s)
  • Liber de miraculis Beatae Virginis Mariae.
  • De incarnatione Christi.
OCLC
1107180211
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