Apocalypse ; and, Canticles with Glossa ordinaria.

Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[Swabia, Germany] : [producer not identified], [between 1150 and 1200]
1 volume (ii, 50, i leaves) : parchment, illustrations, ; 24 cm


Former owner
  • Script: Protogothic.
  • Decoration: Fol. 1v* with a 14-line historiated initial A (Apocalypsis). Evangelist John is depicted with red nimbus, holding knife with left hand and stylus with right, writing in book inscribed “Apocalypsis,” and sitting on uncolored vine-stem on periwinkle blue, orangered, and green grounds, with one green beast-head; an ochre-colored beast inhabits the uppermost tendril. St. John is labeled “Sanctus Iohannes.” Can- ticles opens on fol. 39r* with a 7-line historiated initial O (Osculetur), depicting a bust of Solomon crowned in center of initial of uncolored vine-stem, set on periwinkle-blue, orange-red, and dark green grounds; the figure is identified within the initial as “Salomonis.”
Binding note
England, 19th century. Brown morocco over pasteboard. Each cover is blind-stamped frame filled with 13 rectangular stamps that have an interlacing pattern. Sewn on five bands; endbands with secondary sewing in brown.
Princeton MS. 52 was in the library of the Premonstratensian Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, Weissenau, located near Ravenburg in Swabia. The present manuscript is not recorded in the catalogue of the library at Weissenau (second half of the 12th century) in St. Petersburg, National Library of Russia, Erm. Lat. 5. The present manuscript may well be the “Cantica canticorum et apocalipsim cum marginali glosa in uno volumine” (line 2). It is not known when the manuscript left the abbey, after it was suppressed in 1803. The London booksellers F.S. Ellis and David White acquired the manuscript and in 1877 sold it to Lord Jonathan Peckover (1830-1919), of Sibalds Holme, Wisbech. The manuscript was next sold at Sotheby's, London, on 12 December 1927. The London antiquarian bookseller Maggs Bros. offered it in their Catalogue 500 (London: Maggs Bros., 1928), no. 21. The manuscript was acquired by Senator David Aiken Reed (1880-1953), of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Class of 1900. His name is written in blue ink on the front pastedown; his acquisition note in pencil (“Maggs 1928”) is on the back flyleaf recto. His gift to the Princeton University Library in December 1946 (accessioned as AM 13259).
Source acquisition
Gift; David Aiken Reed, 1946.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 244-246.
Cite as
Princeton MS. 52, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other title(s)
  • Canticles with Glossa ordinaria
  • Glossa ordinaria
  • Bible. Song of Solomon
  • Glossa ordinaria.
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