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EPHRAEM; PELAGIUS; PAULINUS AQUILEIENSIS
Italy, s. XV2
1. ff. 1-92v: [Ephraem, Sermones, trans. Ambrogio Traversari; Prologue of the translator:] Prefatio auctoris incipit, Ambrosius monachus Cosmo suo viro clarissimo plurimam salutem dicit. Peregrinum nuper offendi e syria ut aiebant profectum…illum amplectere illique potius aures atque animum applica. Iam enimtecum illum relinquo. Vale. [f. 2v, Text:] Incipit Sermo sancti Ephren de penitentia et hora novissima et iudicii die et retributione, retributione, Dilectissimi nihil sanctę caritati preferamus. Multa enim negligendo peccamus…adhuc enim tu veraciter vivis amboque fleverunt pariter et glorificaverunt deum. Et nos igitur pro his omnibus referamus gratiam parti et filio spiritui sancto nunc et semper in sęcula sęculorum. Amen. Explicit Sermo de laudibus Ioseph patriarche a beato Ephren Syro ędita feliciter. Amen.
Ephraem Syrus, Sermones, trans. Ambrogio Traversari (Florence: Antonio Miscomini, 1481), GW 9331; the manuscript and the printed book present the 20 sermons in the same order and under the same rubrics.
2. ff. 93-103v: [Pelagius, De vita christiana] Aurelii Augustini liber de vita christiana ad sororem suam incipit feliciter. Leti animo lege, [Prologue:] Ut ego peccator et ultimus insipientior cęteris et imperitior universis te ut sanctitatis et iustitię viam pergas crebrioribus audeam litteris admonere…[f. 93v, Text:] Christum unctum interpretari sapientum et fidelium nullus ignorat…memento nostri qui diligimus tantum ut quod tibi pręstare presentes non possumus conferamus absentes auxiliante illo qui semper vivit et regnat in secula seculorum. Amen. Beati Augustini liber explicit. [f. 104r-v, ruled, but blank]
CPL 730. PL 40:1031-1046.
3. ff. 105-128v: [Paulinus Aquileiensis, Liber exhortationis] Incipit liber exhortationis beati Augustini ad Iulianum Comitem carissimum sibi atque singularissimum, Frater mi si cupias scire quamvis ego nesciam quam perfectissima atque plenissima sit iustitia. Iustitia est deum colere ex toto corde…[f. 106, Chapter 2:] Igitur quotienscunque bonis actibus mandata christi facimus…et electis tuis ęternaliter regnare concedis quia tibi est cum ęterno patre et spiritu sancto una deitas par gloria eadem virtus imperium et potestas in secula seculorum. Amen. Liber beati Augustini ad Iulianum feliciter explicit. Amen.
PL 40:1047-1078, here in 25 chapters.
Paper (watermarks ff. 1-18 and 93-104: Tëte de boeuf, Briquet 14660, Verona, 1430-40; ff. 19-92 and 105-128: Monts, Briquet 11704, Verona, 1443), ff. ii (modern paper) + 128 + ii (modern paper); 207 × 148 (167 × 88) mm. 18 2-510 6-712 8-910 1012(ff. 93-104) 11-1212. 38 long lines, horizontal rules in ink, vertical in lead. Written in a humanistic script. Initials, 11-line on f. 1, thereafter usually 6-line in gold with whitish-brown or colored acanthus foliage against blue, pink, red or light green grounds; that on f. 19 (Sermo de vita et exercitacione monastica) in gold with white vinestem on a dotted green, red and blue ground; 2-line initials for beginning of the text of art. 2, f. 93v, and throughout art. 3, alternating red and light blue; initials in the text washed in yellow on ff. 13v-31, 52-55, 57v-62, 90v-96 or washed in red, ff. 50v-52, 86-90. Rubrics usually in pale red, but in blue on f. 41v, in green on f. 40v, in purple on ff. 103v and 128v, and in alternating lines of purple and green on ff. 93 and 105. YHS monogram in blue in the upper margin of f. 105. Manicules of varying forms. Bound, s. XIX, in English ¾ blue straight grain morocco. Written in Italy in the middle of the fifteenth century, possibly in the Veneto given the Veronese watermarks and the ownership note on f. 128v, which at one time was concealed by a new section of paper glued over the bottom of the page, but was uncovered by N. C. Starr (see below): “Iste liber est congregationis Sancte Iustine deputatus monachis habitantibus verone 53 [this number cancelled; added in a different hand:] signatusque in inventario numero 4 ex littera E.” What was possibly another possession note has been cut away from the lower margin of f. 1, as the top of a letter still shows above the new paper now forming the margin. Notes by several owners or readers, s. XVI, also on f. 128v: “franciscus bodius” (?, cropped), “<cropped> expliciunt xii maii 1539,” “Amor dei et amor proximi,” “Alma redemptoris voluisti templum fieri immaculatum,” “Guta cavat lapidem non bis [sic] sepe cadendo” [Walther, Proverbia 10508], “O quam sunt utilliores quam laudaciores isti sermones in hoc libello,” “O quam sermones isti in hoc libello sunt utiliores et laudaciores a quibus sepe legentur legerentur.” Belonged to the Rev. Henry J. Drury (1778-1841) who wrote the table of contents on f. ii and signed his name; his sale, Evans, 19 February 1827, n. 4220 to F. North (not ascertained if Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford, 1766-14 October 1827; his sale catalogues not available to us). On the front pastedown, signature of Thomas Mills; on f. i verso, “Rev. Thos. Hodges from <?>.” Ellis Cat. 206 (1922) n. 93 to Nathan Comfort Starr (b. 1896), at that time living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but in Annapolis, Maryland when the book was described by De Ricci. Dawson’s Book Shop, Los Angeles, Cat. 189 (Fall 1944) n. 13 to Mrs. Mary W. T. Dickinson (d. September 1952); received by the Huntington Library in April 1953 as her bequest.
Secundo folio: minime implere possumus
Bibliography: De Ricci, 751. Chronica, 3.
Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9
CPL
E. Dekkers and A. Gaar, eds., Clavis patrum latinorum. Sacris erudiri 3 (Steenbrugge, 2nd. ed. 1961)
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)
GW
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke (1925- )
PL
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia latina
Walther, Proverbia
H. Walther, Proverbia sententiaeque latinitatis medii aevi. Lateinische Sprichworter und Sentenzen des Mittelalters in alphabetischer Anordnung. Carmina medii aevi posterioris latina 2 (Göttingen 1963-67, and new series in progress)

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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