Various writings by St. Augustine, in 216 folios (ff.) and 1 leaf: f. i verso: 14th-century table of contents ff. 1 - 39: Liber retractionum. "Incipiunt capitula liber retractionum…/Iam diu est quod facere cogito…/…alios a me dictos retractare coepissem." ff. 39 - 65v: De Achademicis...
Various writings by St. Augustine, in 216 folios (ff.) and 1 leaf: f. i verso: 14th-century table of contents ff. 1 - 39: Liber retractionum. "Incipiunt capitula liber retractionum…/Iam diu est quod facere cogito…/…alios a me dictos retractare coepissem." ff. 39 - 65v: De Achademicis [Contra Academicos tres libri]. "Outinam romaniane hominem sibi…/…modestus tamen et citius quam speraveram fecimus." ff. 65v - 74v: De beata vita . "Si ad phylosophiae portum…/…His dictis facto disputationis fine discessimus." ff. 74v - 97: De ordine. "Ordinem rerum zenobi consequi…/…cum iam nocturnum lumen fuisset illatum." ff. 97 - 115: Soliloquiorum. "Solventi [sic.] michi multa ac varia…/…sine ullo mendatio pullicetur. A. Fiat ut speramus." ff. 115v - 121v: De animae immortalitate [De immortalitate animae]. "Si alicubi est idsciplina nec esse…/…non autem ita esse in anima per sensus de quo dictum est probatur." ff. 121v - 137: De moribus ecclesiae catholicae. "In aliis libris satis opinor…/…moresque in einorabiles aliquando veniamus." ff. 137 - 154: De moribus ecclesiae catholicae, Liber II. "Nulli esse arbiror dubium…/…et in tanta catholicae multitudine non velitis." ff. 154 - 194v: De libero arbitrio. "Dic michi quaeso te utrum deus…/…requiescere aliquando compellit." f. 194v: Unidentified epilogue to the Libero Arbitrario "Qui falso de deo credit…/…scismaticos autem non fides a bonis catholicis diversificat." ff. 195 - 216: Adversus Manicheos [De Genesi contra Manichaeos]. "Si eligerent manichei quos deciperent…/…quae michi videbantur exposui." 2 columns of 35 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines in black plummet, full-length to all edges, writing lines in black plummet, crossing incolumnar space, doubled and full-length at top, center, and bottom, prickings preserved in outer margin for writing lines, in lower margin for bounding lines. Catchwords in lower right margin of the last verso of each quire, in the same hand as the text or in a current script. Modern Arabic pencil foliation every ten leaves, beginning with  on the flyleaf, so reaches 217 instead of 216. Written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics. Two-line book and retraction initials throughout alternating blue with red filigree and red with blue filigree. Text initials 5- to 8-line blue and red with red and blue spiral infill with contrasting berries and blue and red filigree into margin.
ex libris on f. 216, "Liber sanctae mariae regalis montes."
By end of the 13th century, belonged to the royal Cistercian abbey, Royaumont, France [see note 1]. By 1679, with the Maurists, France [see note 2]. By 1824, in the C. Chardin Collection, no. 52, Paris; 1824, sold at Chardin sale, no. 202 and bought by J.-P. Aillaud [see note 3]. By 1896, with Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), no. 763 [see note 4]; 1896, sold at Sir Thomas Phillipps sale, London, no. 46, and bought by Quaritch [see note 5]; by 1909, sold by Quaritch through Edward Waldo Forbes (1873 - 1969) and purchased by Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853 - 1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 6]; 1909, gift of Denman W. Ross. (Accession Date: August 26, 1909) NOTES:  Written in Northern France in the mid-thirteenth century, possibly at the royal Cistercian abbey of Royaumont (founded 1227); at the very least, the manuscript belonged to the Abbey by the end of the thirteenth century, according to the ex libris on f. 216, "Liber sanctae mariae regalis montes."  The Maurists were a congregration of Benedictine monks. The manuscript was used by the Maurists in their seminal 1679 edition of Augustine's works: see Phillips Library, 32-47, where it is called simply "Regiomontensis." The Maurist editors' characteristic markings and notations are found throughout the manuscript, e.g. f. 141v. C.  See pencil notation inside front cover.  Phillipps lion rampant stamp on front flyleaf and notation "Phillipps Ms 763" on flyleaf verso.  Most probably, Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899), a bookseller and collector in London, England. He founded his company, Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., in 1847. Following his death in 1899, the company was inherited by his son.  Forbes was the Director of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University. In addition to MFA leaves 15.300 and 15.301, he also owned two other leaves from the same manuscript.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection
Retractationes of Saint Augustine
French, Medieval (Gothic), mid-13th century
- Author of text Saint Augustine, Roman, North Africa, A.D. 354–430
Place of Manufacture
Overall (page dimensions): 26.9 x 19 cm (10 9/16 x 7 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Tempera, ink and pencil (modern) on parchment; bindings of deerskin over boards, parchment pastedowns and flyleaves