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Homilies of Saint Gregory on the Book of Ezekiel

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A manuscript transcribing Pope Gregory I's commentaries on the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, in 117 folios: ff. 1 - 117: Homiliae in Ezechielem, I:1-12, II:1-10 (Patrologia Latina 76:785 - 795B) Pars prima ezechielis prophetae./Et factum est in tricesimo anno…/…per dolores innumeros...

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Inscription

f. 117: Liber sancte marie regalis montes/ Iste liber de fuit de armaris domini regis

Provenance

Probably part of King (St.) Louis IX's personal library, possibly at the royal Cistercian abbey of Royaumont (founded 1227) [see note 1]; by the end of the 13th century, with the royal Cistercian abbey of Royaumont [see note 2]; until at least 1791, still with the royal Cistercian abbey of Royaumont [see note 3]. By 1824, collection of C. Chardin, Paris, no. 47; 1824, sold by C. Chardin at auction, Paris, no. 223, and bought by J. P. Aillaud [see note 4]. By 1896, Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), no. 766 [see note 5]; 1896, sold by Sir Thomas Phillipps at auction, London, no. 117, and bought by Quaritch [see note 6]; by 1906, sold by Quaritch through Edward Waldo Forbes (1873 - 1969) and purchased by Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853 - 1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 7]; 1906, gift of Denman W. Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 8, 1906) NOTES: [1] The manuscript was probably part of King (St.) Louis IX's personal library, according to the mid-thirteenth-century inscription "Iste liber fuit de [sic.] armaris domini regis" ("This book is from the cabinet of the lord King"), on f. 117. [2] According to the ex libris on f. 117, "Liber sanctae mariae regalis montes." [3] In the Royaumont catalogue of 1791, this is manuscript no. 44 (see Huglo, M. "La dispersion des manuscrits de Royaumont" in Revue Benedictine, v. 113 (2003)) [4] See pencil notation inside front cover. [5] See Phillipps lion rampant stamp on front flyleaf and notation "Phillipps Ms 766" on flyleaf verso. [6] 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. [7] 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.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Homiliae in Ezechielem

French, Medieval (Gothic), mid-13th century

Place of Manufacture

Northern France

Dimensions

Overall (page dimensions): 33.7 x 23 cm (13 1/4 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

06.138

Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink on parchment; bindings of calfskin over boards, with leather bands

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts