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Beinecke MS 516
Northumbria, s. VIII1
Gregory the Great, Moralia in Iob (fragm.)
f. 1r // omni virtute sit vacuus; frustra conflavit conflator, malitiae enim eorum non sunt ... alii
quippe prava de Deo sentiunt, alii recta de auctore tenent; sed unitatem cum //
f. 1v // constat quia proximum non amat, quem habere socium recusat. Quisquis ergo ab hac
unitate ... locum quaerunt, hunc quaerentes inveniunt, hunc invenientes tenent //
Gregory the Great, Moralia in Iob, XVIII.41-42; M. Adriaen, ed., CC 143A (1979), ch. 26, 49-
59 (pp. 911-912) and 67-78 (p. 912).
The upper half of a parchment leaf, now measuring 175 x 235 mm. but originally at least 330 x
235 mm. The parchment is thin with greasy transparent patches and a hole (before writing) close
to its lower edge. One column; 14 lines preserved on each side (of the original 26, as may be
calculated on the basis of the amount of text missing on f. 1r).
Copied by one hand in a splendid large uncial with very few abbreviations. On f. 1v the two final
letters of the last word on the top line ("habere") have been supplied in Anglo-Saxon minuscule;
on line 6 the two final letters of the last word ("praemisimus") are supplied in smaller uncial
Later the fragment was used as a flyleaf ; an early owner wrote alongside the right-hand edge of
f. 1v the ownership inscription "Liber iste est fratris Reyneri de Capella. Orate pro eo". This friar
has been identified with a member of the Dominican convent at Soest in Nordrhein-Westfalen in
the second half of the fourteenth century. The manuscripts owned by Reynerus de Capella and
showing the same or a similar ownership inscription are listed and discussed by P. Lehmann in
"Skandinavische Reisefruechte", Nordisk Tidskrift foer Bok- och Biblioteksvaesen, 22 (1935), pp.
116-126. Purchased from Martin Breslauer 19 July 1972 on the E.J. Beinecke Fund.
Cora E. Lutz, "A Manuscript Fragment from Bede's Monastery", Gazette, 48 (1973), pp.135-8
(repr. in Lutz, Essays, pp. 19-23).
Exhibition Catalogue: W. Cahn and J. Marrow, eds.,
"Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Yale: A Selection,"
Yale University Library Gazette 52 (1978), 1.
B. Bischoff and V. Brown, "...", Mediaeval Studies, 47 (1985), pp. 340-341, no. 1849.
Shailor, The Medieval Book, 70.