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A VERY LARGE VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM GREGORY THE GREAT'S "HOMILIA IN EVANGELIA" IN LATIN, WITH A PARTIALLY COLORED INHABITED INITIAL
TEXT FROM HOMILIES XXXVII-XXXVIII
First half of the 12th century, Italy, 1564. 565 x 387 mm. (22 1/4 x 15 1/4"). Double column, 52 lines in a fine proto-gothic book hand. WITH AN EIGHT-LINE "S" ENTWINED WITH A FIGURE WEARING A BLUE TUNIC, colored with a light blue wash on the garment, the body positioned behind the initial but with the crown of the head, one leg, and one elbow reaching in front of it, one hand open and the other pointing toward the text. Several numbers and the date 1564 written in a later hand, indicating that the leaf may have been used as part of a 16th century ledger. Recovered from a binding and thus with some general toning, staining, and creasing, verso more noticeably worn, with an obvious area of staining at the bottom partially obscuring several lines of text (recto with only a few words affected), vertical strip (once covering a book spine) a bit darkened and with abraded lettering affecting legibility, an early, two-inch repair in outer margin, but the initial quite clear despite some small, light stains on and around it; some obvious defects, but, on the whole a very good specimen in quite a pleasing hand, with minimal trimming to the generous margins. A remarkable survival, this leaf from a vast copy of Pope Gregory I's "Homilies on the Gospels" features an inhabited initial offering an edifying glimpse into the making of Medieval manuscripts. Entwined in the prominent "S" initial opening the text to Homily XXXVIII is a single figure in a blue tunic, the only part of this initial to receive any pigmentation. Whether the remaining elements were intentionally left bare as an aes … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
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