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Ms. Codex 1329 - Haimo, of Auxerre, d. ca. 855 - De Canticis canticorum
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1329 - Haimo, of Auxerre, d. ca. 855 - De Canticis canticorum
Author:
Haimo, of Auxerre, d. ca. 855.
Title:
De Canticis canticorum [manuscript].
Origin:
[Italy, between 1200 and 1230?]
Physical description:
59 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 148 x 100 (98-102 x 56-60) mm. bound to 154 x 110 mm.
Summary:
13th-century copy of Haimo's 9th-century commentary on the Song of Solomon, with an unusual layout presenting the biblical lemmata in the margins enclosed in decorated circles and triangles. The commentary is allegorical, interpreting the Song of Songs as describing the marriage of Christ and the Church. Chapter divisions are added in the margins in a later medieval hand. This text is also known as the Commentarius in cantica canticorum or Expositio in cantica canticorum and has been attributed to Haimo of Halberstadt, Remigius Altissiodorensis, Cassiodorus, and Thomas Aquinas. The commentary is followed by an unidentified introduction to the Song of Songs.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from caption title (f. 1r).
Collation: Parchment, 59; 1-7⁸ 8³; horizontal catchwords on the last verso of gatherings 1, 2, and 7 (f. 8v, 16v, 56v); modern foliation in pencil, [1-59], lower right recto.
Layout: Written in 23-27 (f. 1r-51r), with the first line above the top line, or 21-24 (f. 51v-59r) long lines; frame-ruled in lead; double bounding lines except at the bottom of the text block, where the bounding line is single (f. 1r-51r).
Script: Written in two Gothic bookhands (f. 1r-51r, 51v-59r).
Decoration: Biblical texts in margins surrounded by double red circles or triangles filled with yellow and decorated with red dots; 6-line initial in red and yellow and caption title in red (f. 1r); 2-line and 1-line initials in red (f. 1r -v); initials touched in red; additional vertical bounding lines in red ink (f. 1r-48v); angle-brackets in black and yellow (f. 51v-57r).
Binding: Leather, probably 15th-century (Les Enluminures).
Origin: Written in northern Italy, before 1230 (Les Enluminures).
The text of this manuscript belongs to a group of manuscripts known as the William family, named after William of Volpiano, founder of the monastery of Fruttuaria, about 20 miles from Savigliano (Burton Van Edwards).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1329
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1329
 
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