The upper half of the illustrated side contains a naked Job and his three friends, the lower half shows the author, Gregory the Great, inspired by the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, and a Benedictine monk, portrayed in the usual manner of Petrus Diaconus, the latter probably drawn by a different artist. On the back is a Leonine couplet, which attributes the leaf unambiguously to Engelberg. The leaf is, according to P. Karl Stadler's 1787 description, the original opening of the first volume of the Moralia Iob by Gregory the Great (Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 20, here immediately before f. 1). In the mid-19th century it was owned by Jacob Heinrich von Hefner-Alteneck (1811-1903) and was faithfully reproduced in his book Trachten des Mittelalters (1840-54, Vol. 1, Plate 57, p. 76f). In November 1953 the leaf was purchased from the J.H. Wade Fund for the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Online Since: 12/19/2011
This paper manuscript, copied in Bellinzona in the middle of the 15th century, contains a series of decrees issued by the Visconti government for the municipal authorities between 1352 and 1443. At the end of the text, there are blank pages onto which were copied letters of exemption for the people of theVal Mesolcina (a valley in the Swiss Canton of Grisons), which were issued in the years 1498-1499. The manuscript belonged to the Varone family; in 1537 it was bought and restored by the Bellinzona notary Giovanni Giacomo Rusca. In the 17th century, Carlo Bernardino Zacconi donated the manuscript to the library of the Jesuits of Bellinzona, which was later taken over by the Benedictines, and around 1787 the manuscript came to the Abbey Library of Einsiedeln.
Online Since: 12/20/2012
These 63 sheets written in uncial script on papyrus and parchment contain several letters and several homilies by Augustine of Hippo. The manuscript was clearly written in France, possibly in Luxeuil or Lyon, at the end of the 7th century or the beginning of the 8th century. The volume originally consisted of at least 30 quires in all, including these 63 sheets, which belonged to quires 4-11. An additional seven quires constitute Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, lat. 16. The fragmentary surviving 8th quire included a single now separated sheet, St. Petersburg, NLR, Lat.F.papyr. I.1, which was originally between f. 26 and f. 27.
Online Since: 07/04/2012
This papyrus fragment contains 29 lines in uncial script, without spacing between words, written in the late 7th or early 8th century. The text includes a portion of Augustine's homily 351 (c. 3.6: … agitur in stadio sumus …; cf. PL 39, col. 1542 to c. 4.7: … exserat seueritatem suam, cf. PL 39, col. 1543). This single sheet was originally part of a volume of at least 30 quires, containing homilies and letters by Augustine. Surviving quires are: 4-11 (containing 63 sheets + 1 sheet) and 24-30 (53 sheets), the former currently constituting Paris, BnF lat. 11641, the latter Bibliothèque de Genève, lat. 16. This particular sheet was originally the second bifolium in the 8th quire (Quinio), and would properly take its place between f. 26 and f. 27 in Paris BnF 11641. The marginalia on the verso side were made by the hand of Florus of Lyon († ca. 860).
Online Since: 07/04/2012
This codex contains a virtual reconstruction of Engelberg Abbey Library's Cod. 20 with the first volume of Gregory the Great's Moralia in Iob. It contains the first (ff. 6r-99r) and second part (99r-193v), each divided into five books. At the front of the volume there used to be a full-page illustration consisting of an artistic portrayal of Job with his three friends (upper half) and a portrayal of Gregory the Great and a writing monk (lower half), who according to custom represents Peter the Deacon (Petrus Diaconus). This leaf with a verse of dedication by Frowin on the back, the actual recto side, was carefully described by P. Karl Stadler in his hand-written catalog of 1787; this helped to identify the membrum disiectum, which is now held by the The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1955.74 (Purchase from the J.H. Wade Fund), as unequivocally belonging to this volume.
Online Since: 12/15/2014