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Italy, s. XIImed
ff. 1-155v: [Paul, Epistles] Paulus servus ihesu christi vocatus apostolus segregatus in evangelium dei…Salutant vos de italia fratres. Gracia dei cum omnibus vobis. Amen.
Pauline epistles in the order of the Vulgate, including the Epistle to the Hebrews. Variants within the text match those of Paris, B. N. lat. 104 as listed by S. Berger, Histoire de la Vulgate (Paris 1893) 143: Rom., 13, 9, here f. 28v, lines 6-7, “non concupisces rem proximi tui”; Gal., 5, 7, here f. 92, lines 6-7, “Nemini consenseritis”; 1 Tim., 2, 6, here f. 125v, last line, “confirmatum est temporibus suis.” On Paris, B. N. lat. 104 and the “Italian group,” see H. Quentin, Mémoire sur l’établissement du texte de la Vulgate (Rome-Paris 1922) 361-84. The text is divided by a pre-Langton system of capitulation, and has prologues: f. 1., Rom., prologue: Prima ponitur quia primum gradum erroris scilicet superbiam destruit; 48 divisions, with the Langton 16-chapter division added by a later hand; f. 35, 1 Cor., Stegmüller 686 (…revocans ad unitatem.), 35 divisions, with Langton’s 16 added by a later hand; f. 64v, 2 Cor., Stegmüller 703, 21 divisions with Langton’s 13 added by a later hand; f. 84v, Gal., Stegmüller 708, 29 divisions; f. 94, Eph., Stegmüller 717, 25 divisions with Langton’s chapters 3, 4 and 5 marked; f. 103v, Phil., Stegmüller 729, 12 divisions; f. 110, Col., Stegmüller 736 (…ab epheso per tichium diaconum et onesimum acolitum.) written within the text space; written, as normally, in the margin is another prologue: Collosenses sunt asiani quibus non ipse apostolus predicavit sed eius discipuli archippus et epaphras…que pars sit pocius tenenda; 10 divisions; f. 116v, 1 Thess., Stegmüller 750, apparently a 12-part division, later scraped and changed to Langton’s 5; f. 122, 2 Thess., Stegmüller 755, apparently a 7-part division, later scraped, and changed to Langton’s 3; f. 124v, 1 Tim., Stegmüller 768, 763, and 760, 16 divisions; f. 130v, 2 Tim., Stegmüller 773, 772 (…de sua passione. Scribit ei ab urbe roma.), 770, 9 divisions; f. 134v, Tit., Stegmüller 778 and 780, 7 divisions; f. 137, Phil., Stegmüller 783 and 782, 3 divisions; f. 138, Hebr., Stegmüller 789, 19 divisions.
The text copied in a large script on every other line down the center of the page; commentary copied between the lines of the text and in both margins but not in a continuous, systematic fashion. On f. 1, the gloss is headed “ex commentario anbrosii [sic] super epistolas”; however, the gloss is the one generally attributed to Anselm of Laon, “Pro altercatione.”
Parchment (prepared in the Italian manner), ff. ii (modern parchment) + ii (contemporary parchment) + 155 + i (contemporary parchment) + ii (modern parchment); 276 × 170 (178 × 57 for the text, 144 in width for the gloss) mm. 1-128 138(+3, f. 99, added by scribe to supply text missing on f. 100, from Eph. 4, 13 to 5, 1) 14-198 202. Catchwords usually visible in inner right corner. 1 column of text of 18 lines up to f. 121v, and thereafter usually of 23 lines, according to quire divisions. Frame ruled in dry point on the hair side, with double bounding lines for the text, single for the gloss; horizontal ruling, for text only, in brown crayon; pricking in a slash form, also on the hair side. Written in a minuscule script; gloss in a similar hand. Opening initial, f. 1, 10-line, biting animal and leaf pattern against a blue ground; first 2 lines of text in a display script; f. 35, 1 Cor., 10-line yellow initial with void leaf swirls against multicolored ground; the same style but smaller sizes on ff. 64v, 94, 103v, 110, 116v, 122, 124v (with the initial in gold paint), 130v and 137; on ff. 84v, Gal., and 134v, Tit., red with pen decoration; on f. 138, Hebr., simple red ink. 1-line and slashed initials within the text in red, as well as running headlines across the opening, paragraph marks and chapter divisions in the margins. On f. iv recto, s. XII, partially illegible, prologues for the epistles Gal. through Tit. (Stegmüller 707; 715; 728; 736; 747; 780) and other biblical notes; on f. iv verso, s. XVI, a prayer beginning “Orate pro animabus benefactorum…” (the rest erased) and a list of 14 (?) entries, also erased, but apparently the sequence of the epistles with the number of divisions in each. Occasional notes in the margins, s. XIV; orange crayon marks on text and marginalia, s. XIX (?). Bound, s. XIX, in faded green morocco over wooden boards with 2 fore edge clasps closing from bottom to top. The contemporary fly leaves, f. iii in the front and f. i in the back, constitute a bifolium from a missal with the offices for Wednesday and Thursday of Holy Week; ruled space: 191 × 126, fully ruled in dry point on the hair side; 12 long lines of text and neumes in campo aperto; initials, rubrics and extender lines in red; written in a minuscule script, s. XI. Written in Italy in the middle of the twelfth century. On f. iv verso, erased inscription, s. XV: iste liber est conventus lucce <?>; below that, s. XVI: Emi ego frater M<?> aliis libris venderent. On ff. 1 and 70, the stamp “Di casa Minutoli-Tegrimi.” Reproductions of the stamp as it occurs in J.A. 3216 on pl. XXII and p. 53 of Alexander and de la Mare, Italian Manuscripts…of Major J. R. Abbey; a list of other Minutoli-Tegrimi manuscripts in England on p. 55, n. 2. The collection of Conte Eugenio Minutoli-Tegrimi of Lucca was sold in 1871; this manuscript in the catalogue, p. 31, n. 164. On the front pastedown, ff. 1 and 155v, the stamped armorial ex libris of the Swiss-born artist Friedrich De Schennis (1852-1918); it may have been De Schennis who added copious notes in German on f. i recto and verso regarding historical aspects of Paul’s life and his theology; sold to the Leipzig bookdealer, Karl Wilhelm Hiersemann; alien sequestrated property sale by Anderson, New York, 17 February 1919, n. 35 to G. D. Smith. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: videre vos
Bibliography: De Ricci, 47.
Alexander and de la Mare, Italian Manuscripts…of Major J. R. Abbey
J. J. G. Alexander and A. C. de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts in the Library of Major J. R. Abbey (New York and London 1969)
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
F. Stegmüller, vols. 9-11 with the assistance of N. Reinhardt, Repertorium biblicum medii aevi (Madrid 1950-80)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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