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...
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 hereditatem perpetuam erudit. Sit itaque gloria omnipotenti domino nostro ihesu christo qui vivat et regnat cum patre in unitate spiritus sancti deus per omnia secula seculorum. Amen. [ex libris, mid-13th century: Liber sancte marie regalis montes/ Iste liber de fuit de armaris domini regis] f. 117v: [blank] 117 folios and 1 leaf with 2 columns of 44 lines of text per page. Bounding lines in black plummet, full-length to top and bottom, writings lines in black plummet, crossing intercolumnar space, prickings for bounding lines preserved in lower margin. 10 quires. Some catchwords preserved in lower right corner of last verso of each quire. "Cor", for "correctus", written in lower left margin of last verso of each quire, indicating that the quire had been collated and corrected. No pagination or foliation. Written in an early Gothic script in black ink, red rubrics. Seven-line opening initial in blue and red with red spiral infill and blue berries with blue and red filigree into margin. 2- to 3-line initials for each homily incipit in same color scheme. Single-line initials in-text alternating red and blue, sentence initials stroked red. Marginal corrections and comments by scribal hand in decorative blue and red frame.
f. 117: Liber sancte marie regalis montes/ Iste liber de fuit de armaris domini regis
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:  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.  According to the ex libris on f. 117, "Liber sanctae mariae regalis montes."  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))  See pencil notation inside front cover.  See Phillipps lion rampant stamp on front flyleaf and notation "Phillipps Ms 766" 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
Homiliae in Ezechielem
French, Medieval (Gothic), mid-13th century
- Author of text Pope Gregory I, about 540–604
Place of Manufacture
Overall (page dimensions): 33.7 x 23 cm (13 1/4 x 9 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Tempera and ink on parchment; bindings of calfskin over boards, with leather bands