Leaves from a Portable Copy of Gregory’s “Homiliae In Ezechielem”
A major monastic text in miniature format. Four folios on vellum. Italy, ca. 1250-1275: 146 mm x 102 mm (justification 106 mm x 71 mm). Single column, 20 lines. Precise and decisive gothic hand. Ruled in plummet with visible prickings. Decoration: capitals tipped in red. Text: Gregory the Great’s twenty-two Homilies on Ezekiel (Homeliae in Hiezechielem Prophetam) represent a major text for Western theology. Interpreting chapters 1-3 and 40, components were integrated into the Glossa Ordinaria, the standard exegesis of the bible be-gun under Anselm of Laon (d. 1117) and promulgated ca. 1080. This particular manuscript has the appearance of a Franciscan manuscript. Provenance: from a manuscript including works by Simon of Tournai first sold by Swann (22 March 1990 lot 131), then by Sotheby’s 17 December 1991 lot 49); broken by 1993 when six folios of it were available at Hartung & Hartung; collection of William Chmurny (d. 2013). Condition: excellent; very slight cockling to two leaves; a single leaf has six partial lines eroded; otherwise clean, bright, and fine with generous margins. Each leaf has a marginal notation or two in a contemporary hand.