ISIDOUS HISPALENSIS

MS 1777
MS Short Title ISIDORUS HISPALENSIS
Text ISIDORUS HISPALENSIS: ETYMOLOGIARUM SIVE ORIGINUM, BOOK 20, WITH LIST OF CHAPTERS
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Northern France, Flanders or England, 1150-1175, 2 ff., 39x29 cm, 2 columns, (31x22 cm), 44 lines in Romanesque book script of medium quality, over 150 small painted capitals in red or green, 9 large 2-line decorated initials in red or green.
Provenance 1. Cistercian Abbey of Cercamp, Diocese of Amiens, Arras, France; 2. André Simon collection, France(?); 3. Sotheby's 6.12.1993:5.
Commentary St. Isodore of Sevilla (560-636) seems to have worked until the end of his life on this great encyclopaedia. Even then the vast work was not finished, and Bishop Branlio of Saragossa made the final editing and the division into 20 books. The earliest MSS are from Spain, France and England, all 8th c. For the earliest German witness, ca. 800, see MS 1816. From then on this central medieval text spread very swiftly through all of Europe.
Place of origin Northern France, Flanders or England
Dates 1150-1175

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