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Gregorius Magnus / Dialogorum libri quattuor de vita et miraculis patrum italicorum et de aeternitate animarum : manuscript codex.


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Gregory I, Pope, approximately 540-604
Latin. In Latin.
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Paris, circa 1400-1425.
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  • 1 volume (211 folios), 195 x 130 mm.
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On parchment, preceded by two and followed by three ruled leaves. Missing four leaves respectively before folio 1 and after folios 39, 81, and 145. (These are the opening leaves for each of the four books). Mostly in quires of 8. Written in brown ink in a Gothic bookhand, on 23 long lines. Some quire signatures, some catchwords, some capitals touched in yellow, rubrics in red, line-fillers in pink and blue with white tracery and burnished gold disks. One-line high burnished gold initials on pink and blue grounds decorated with white tracery. Two-line high initials throughout in alternately pink or blue on burnished gold grounds with colored vine-leaf infill and extending marginal decoration of penwork sprays with gold bezants and colored floral or petal motifs. Bound in a 16th-century dark red velvet binding over woodboards, back sewn on 5 thongs, remnants of clasps. This work had a significant impact on the literature and spirituality of the Middle Ages. Gregory's Dialogues are important as evidence for the unity of Mediterranean literary culture and relations between Eastern and Western Christendom.
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Illuminated manuscript on parchment; the Dialogues are a collection of miracle stories concerning mainly Italian saints.
Purchased, 2011. Accession 2011-095.
Owned by Philippa of Guelders, Duchess of Lorraine and Queen of Sicily, with inscription on verso of second ruled flyleaf. Philippa of Guelders was born in Brussels in 1464 and died in 1547 in the convent of the Poor Clares at Pont-a-Mousson, where she was a nun from 1520 onwards. The script and illumination reflects a French origin.

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