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Marston MS 26 France, s. XIII 2/4
Petrus Pictaviensis, Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi
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ff. 1r-5r [C]onsiderans hystorie sacre prolixitatem necnon et
difficultatem scolarium circa studium sacre lectionis maxime illius que
in hystorie fundamento uersatur...ordinem perduxi. [explanation for
genealogical diagram:] [C]hain agricola dolens sua munera et non fratris
fuisse reprobata licet a domino...[concludes with list of apostles arranged
in tiers of circles, ending with Barnabas]. f. 5v blank
Glorieaux, no. 100f; Stegmueller, 6778, where it is attributed, as in
other manuscripts, to Petrus Pictaviensis. One leaf (with text?) missing
between ff. 1-2.
Parchment, ff. 5, 350 x 235 (264 x 200)mm. 71 ruled lines, but not
all lines are used on every page. Columns vary in number, but each has
vertical bounding lines in red, full length of page. Horizontal text
rulings in lead. Prickings in upper, lower, and inner margins.
A single gathering of six leaves, the second wanting.
Written by a single scribe in fine gothic bookhand, above top line.
Genealogical tables accompany text throughout: drawn in red with
roundels connected by pairs of parallel lines and aligned between red
vertical rulings. Roundels for Adam and Eve, f. 1r, in yellow and blue,
respectively; the roundels for their descendants on green ground. The
plan of the temple at Jerusalem, f. 4r, in red, green and blue. The roundels
for Christ, f. 5r, in blue, yellow, and red. Headings in red; spaces left for
decorative initials remain unfilled.
Lower portion of f. 1 torn, with loss of text.
Binding: Germany, s. xix. Grubby blue paper wrapper. Title, in ink,
on upper cover: "Manuscript des XIII#t#e#n Jahrhunderts. Historia mundi
sec. ord. chronol. usque ad mortem Jesu Christi."
Written in France in the second quarter of the 13th century; early
provenance unknown. Inscriptions, s. xix-xx, on front cover, in ink: "E.
Schr. 3782," and in pencil, f. 1r: "E. Schr. fol. 3782
Pergamenthandschrift." Unidentified entry from sale cat. (no. 323), in
English, pasted inside front cover. Purchased from Ludwig Rosenthal of the
Netherlands in 1956 by L. C. Witten (inv. no. 989) who sold is the same
year to Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 67, no. 26.
Barbara A. Shailor