THE SANTA CECILIA BIBLE

MS 020
MS Short Title THE SANTA CECILIA BIBLE
Text
  1. BIBLE: GENESIS 12:20 - RUTH WITH CAPITULA AND ONE ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUE
  2. ST. HIERONYMUS: CONTRA HELUIDIUM DE VIRGINITATE SANCTAE MARIAE
  3. ST. HIERONYMUS: AD EUSTOCHIUM FILIAM SANCTAE PAULAE DE VIRGINITATE SERVANDA
  4. BIBLE: 1 KINGS 8:20 - 22:53
  5. BIBLE: 2 KINGS 1:1 - 9:9
  6. BIBLE: JOB WITH 2 ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUES
  7. BIBLE: TOBIT WITH ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUE
  8. BIBLE: JUDITH WITH ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUE
  9. BIBLE: ESTHER WITH ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUE
  10. BIBLE: 1 EZRA WITH ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUE
  11. BIBLE: NEHEMIAH (2 EZRA)
  12. BIBLE: 1 & 2 MACCABEES WITH CAPITULA
  13. LECTIONS FOR THE FEAST OF ST. MARIA MAGDALENA
  14. BIBLE: PROVERBS 1:1 - 26:18 WITH ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUE
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Roma, Italy, vol. 1 (texts 1-3): 2nd half of 9th c., 228 ff. (-8), 33x24 cm, 2 columns (25x17 cm), 35 lines in a very fine Carolingian minuscule by 2 scribes, 7 large decorated initials in intertwined leafy and strapwork design. Vol. 2 (texts 4-14): 2nd half of 11th c., 290 ff. (-ca. 40), 37x28 cm, 2 columns (from 25x17 cm to 31x20 cm), 21-37 lines in a late Carolingian minuscule by 9 scribes, 12 very large decorated initials in various styles, but usually in very elaborate interlaced vinestem designs of Ottonian style.
Binding Italy, 19th c., brown quarter morocco gilt, sewn on 5 cords.
Context Vols. 1 and 2 of a 4 vols. Bible. Vols. 3 and 4 are lost.
Provenance 1. Benedictine Abbey of Santa Cecilia, Roma (9th-18th c.); 2. Cardinal Antonio Saverio Gentili, Roma (1681-1753); 3. Principe del Drago, Roma; 4. Marchese Campana (until 1860); 5. Sotheby's 20.6.1860:130; 6. Boone, London (1860-1862); 7. Guglielmo Libri (1803-1869), (1862); 8. Sotheby's 25.7.1862:70; 9. Edwin Tross (1862-); 10. Enoch T. Carson, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cat. 1880:764; 11. Hamilton Cole (until 1890); 12. Bangs & Co, New York 7.4.1890:30; 13. Alfred Tredway White (1890-1919); 14. The Brooklyn Museum, New York (1919-1987); 15. Sotheby's 23.6.1987:72. Deaccession May 2010.
Commentary Vol. 1: Text is second only in accuracy to the Alcuin Bible pandect - the "Bible of San Paolo fuori le Mura", Roma, which might have been the exemplar. The only Carolingian Bible in private ownership.
Published
Exhibited Conference of European National Librarians, Oslo. Sept. 1994.
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Place of origin Roma
Dates 2nd half 9c and 2nd half 11c AD

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