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Peter Lombard, Magna glossatura in Epistolas Pauli (“Great Gloss on the Pauline Epistles”). Single folio on vellum. Northern France, doubtless Paris, ca. 1210-1220: 351 mm x 253 mm (justification, 245 mm x 150 mm). Visible prickings in the inner margin. Ruled in plummet. Double column, 55 lines per page (gloss), scriptural text on every second line. Foliated “195” in lower margin of the recto. Decoration: eight large initials alternating red and blue with large penwork swags in red and blue; running heads in red and blue initials; smaller versal initials alternating red and blue in the gloss. Text: 1 Timothy 6.2 sunt hec doce … 6.16 qui solus. Provenance: Zisska & Lacher, 3 May 1988 lot 1, acquired by Martin Schøyen; alienated from the Schøyen collection and sold at Sotheby’s, 17 June 2003 lot 82, then broken in Germany. A commentary on Romans by Peter of Tarantaise was added to the manuscript ca. 1325, probably in southern France or Italy. Although said to have come from Rebdorf Abbey, there seems to be no evidence of this provenance. Condition: excellent; soiling in outer margin, small repair. Natural vellum flaw in the outer margin.

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