Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job in a Romanesque Copy
Type: Leaves & Fragments
Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job. Partial bifolium on vellum. Northwestern Germany, perhaps Rhineland, ca. 1180: fol. 1, 212 mm x 193 mm, 23 lines in two columns; fol. 2, 191 mm x 134 mm, 23 lines except in the outer column of the folio where the lines are incomplete. The decoration consists solely of initials stroked in red. The handsome proto-Gothic script of this specimen folio has the characteristic thin shading associated with twelfth-century Germany.
Text: The following identification of the contents identifies the various lacunae of each folio. Note that for fol. 1 the text is only missing at the top and bottom of the folio and usually only a line or two. For fol. 2, however, only about half of the second column of the recto and first column of the verso survive.
Fol. 1r. 16, xxxvii etsi fuerunt quidam … 16, xxxviii corporibus exterior … 16, xxxviii videntur, quia ad hoc … 16, xxxix Cum exple<verit> …
Fol. 1v. 16, xxxix voluntatem suam quia multis … 16, xl vim cum minime quisque … 16, xl <cor>dis secretarium … 16, xl qui sic egit sed tanti …
Fol. 2r. 16, liii et in nullis se … 16, liv corruptibili exute … 16, liv qui prius quasi … 16, liv in meridie quiescunt …
Fol. 2v. 16, lv <catholic>am f<aciunt> … 16, lv sepe huius mundi … 16, lv memorat viros … 16, lvi negligit iniustitiam.
Provenance: EU export license allowing permanent export.
Condition: used as a book cover, hence cut down and with irregularly shaped turn-ins; cockling, stains, soiling and occasional illegible text.