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MS 12 (olim Goodhart 26) Rome 1462

John Chrysostom / Homeliae in johannis evangelium, Lat. tr. Francesco Griffolini of Arezzo

f. i recto [Contemporary foliation 1]

[Table of Contents:] Capitulum primum folio quintodecimo incipit et finit LXX... Capitulum XXI incipit folio ducentesimo quinquagesimoquinto. Finit 260. f. i verso blank.

[11 leaves have been excised between f. i and f. 1 with no apparent loss of text.]

ff. 1r-248r [Contemporary foliation 13-260] [Heading:] Omelia I [Title in a later hand:] Homiliae B. Johannis Chrysostomi in Johannis Evangelium. [Text:] Qui agonum certamina spectare consueuerunt. cum insignem quempiam athletam et coronis plurimis donatum alicunde perfectum intelligunt:

Expl.: Eeleemosyna nos derelinquat. leues efficiamur: et euolemus, ut et malorum liberatione: et bonis operibus perfecti, sempiterna bona consequamur. Gratia et benignitate domini nostri iesu christi: cum quo patri simul: et spiritui sancto gloria/ honor/ et imperium et nunc et semper et in secula seculorum Amen. [Colophon:] Expliciunt homelye Joannis Crysostomi in Ioannis euangelium nouiter de greco in latinum per Franciscum Aretinum traducte. Scripte ac complete Rome per manus lamberti leynen Anno domini millesimo quadringentesimo lxii pontificatus sanctissimi pii pape secundi Anno Quarto die xix mensis junii. f. 249v blank.

St. John Chrysostom, Homiliae super Johannem; Francesco Griffolini of Arezzo, Lat. trans. (Rome, 1470).

Paper (watermarks similar to Briquet Huchet 7833; Briquet Ciseaux 3668), f. i + 248, contemporary foliation, 338 x 230 (209 x 118) mm. Written in 38 long lines with vertical bounding lines usually full length in brown ink, and rulings in hardpoint or lead (Derolez 13.11). Prickings visible in the four corners where the bounding lines intersect with the top and bottom ruled line.

I6 (-2 through 6), II-V10, IV8, V-XV 10, XVI 12 (-9), XVII-XXV 10, XXVI 10 (-9, 10). Horizontal catchwords, center of lower margins for first 11 quires (Derolez 12.1), and thereafter right of center, verso (Derolez 12.2). Quire numbers (e.g., primus, secundus, etc.) in upper right corner, recto of the first leaf of the quire. Quire and leaf signatures (e.g., b1, b2, b3, etc.) in lower right corner, recto.

Written by a single scribe in a neat, humanistic bookhand below the top line.

On f. 13r the text begins with an unusual, skillfully drawn 7-line blue and pink initial inside a black and red penwork rectangle. The initial is surrounded by acanthus leaves on a pink ground and infilled with two white acanthus leaves shaded with pink set inside two darker pink rondels. Two red and blue stylized, four-petal flowers, one in the upper margin, one in the lower, are connected to this initial by a red and blue baguette. A similar initial on f. 15v extending into the top margin is surrounded with white acanthus leaves on either side, one with black shading, the other with red; a red and blue baguette descends from the initial to a single flower in the lower margin. The remaining initials are simple 4-line, alternating blue and red. Headings, sentence, and paragraph markers in red. Running chapter numbers in black ink in center of outer margin near the edge of the paper, recto.

Binding: fifteenth-century German. Style of binding suggests that it was bound in or for the Charterhouse of St. Barbara, Cologne. Brown calf on boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern decorated with roses, fleur-de-lis, eagles. Center panels decorated with small medallions depicting the mother and child on the crescent moon. Two split brass fastenings on upper board with two corresponding shield-shaped fastenings on the lower board with traces of leather straps. Traces of five round bosses on each board. Metal corner pieces. Five bands on spine, title written on paper strip: "S. Johannes/ Chrysostomus/ Homeliae/ M.S. 1462." On three smaller paper strips: "35" (in ink), "630" (the 0 written in ink over a printed 2), and "312" (also printed).

Written in Rome in 1462 by Lambert Lynen, probably a cleric from the low countries (see Goldschmidt catalogue entry). The manuscript belonged to the library of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Saint Barbara in Cologne (St. Barbara's new number: O 35 on spine). Inside back cover pastedown part of a folded parchment document dated 145?, Rome. Probably in the collection of Leander van Ess, Darmstadt, and sold in 1824 to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 630, tag on spine and in ink on f. 13r); his sale (London 1910, n. 312) to Leighton (Cat. of mss., 1912, n. 62, traces of catalogue entry with this number visible on inside cover); Leighton sale (London, 27 Oct. 1919, III, n. 2099) to Ellis; John Meade Falkner sale (London, 12 Dec. 1932, n. 147) to E. P. Goldschmidt (List 13 [Feb. 1935], n. 339, catalogue entry taped to inside front cover). Purchased by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, on inside cover in lead: "my # 26 top 1681"), and presented by him to Bryn Mawr College in 1951.

secundo folio: audiendi

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1677, no. 26; Richard Bruce Marks, The Medieval Manuscript Library of the Charterhouse of St. Barbara in Cologne; Analecta Cartusiana vol. 22, James Hogg, ed. (Salzburg, 1974) 224-25.

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