BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 699
Germany, s. XII
Augustinus, Enarrationes in Psalmos
1. ff. 1r-139v Incipit de psalmo CXXXIIII: Laudate nomen Domini. Valde dulce nobis esse debet
et dulce nobis esse gaudendum est, quo nos psalmus iste cohortatur. Dicit enim: Laudate nomen
Domini ... et quia sapere secundum carnem mors est: omnis spiritus laudet Dominum.
St. Augustine (Aurelius Augustinus), Enarrationes in Psalmos 134-150. CPL 283; E. Dekkers, J.
Fraipont, edd., CC, v. 40 (1956, 2nd ed. 1990), pp. 1937-2196. Contemporary corrections in the
2. f. 140r Qui sanctorum merita religiosa karitate miratur quique iustorum glorias frequenti
laude colloquitur, eorum mores sanctos imitetur ... feliciter vincit qui proficiscens e mundo
diabolum, quem in presenti devicit, in futuro cum Domino iudicabit.
First half of Ps.-Iohannes Chrysostomus, Sermo de martyribus, CPL 934; ed. PLS, v. 4, 738-739.
3. ff. 140v-141v De Conceptione sanctae Mariae in prima Vespera super Psalmo
Antiphona. Gaude mater ecclesya nova frequentans gaudia, lux micat de caligine, rosa de spin?
Antiphons for the feast of the Conception of the Virgin (8 Dec.), with neumatic notation. In the
outer margins the Psalm formulas are indicated by letters or letter groups in circles or rectangles:
"a. - e. - v.b. - yd"; "a. - e. - ik. -oc. -.v.", etc.
Parchment, ff. 141, 227 x 195 mm. The outer side of the quires is hair side. Holes, original repairs
and sometimes irregular lower edges. There is an error in the modern foliation: two consecutive
leaves are numbered 84 (= ff. 84 and 84bis).
I-XVII8 (ff. 1-135), XVIII4 (ff. 136-139), XIX2 (ff. 140-141). Quire-marks from "I" to "XVIII"
in the middle of the lower margin; the quire-mark is missing on f. 48v (quire VI).
In quires I-XVIII pricking in the upper, outer and lower margins and hard-point ruling on the hair
sides for one column of 30 lines above top line, 185/187 x 118/120 mm. Ruling type 36. In quire
XIX f. 140r (art. 2) has the same layout, f. 140v (first page of art. 3) has 21 lines of text, f. 141
(continuation of art. 3) has 31/32 lines of text.
Copied in Praegothica: art. 1 is apparently the work of one scribe, A; B copied art. 2, C copied
art. 3, adopting a smaller size on f. 140 to save space. Neumatic notation in art. 3.
Headings in red. Art. 1 has plain initials (Capitalis, c. 4 lines) in red, followed by a word in
Capitalis/Uncialis. The book opens with an 8-line Romanesque decorated initial in red and black.
Art. 2 opens with a black capital followed by two words in Capitalis. Art. 3 is decorated with 1-
line initials in black with heightening in red and opens with a 4-line red plain initial.
Early (probably original) binding in porkskin over heavy unbevelled wooden boards. The covers
are blind-tooled with fillets and. On the front cover the fillets make a St. Andrews cross, at a
later time decorated with trees in Lederschnitt, countless small circular stamps and a few stars
(?); the rear cover, with fillets in lozenge pattern, has only the circular stamps and the stars. Spine
with three raised bands.On each cover marks of five brass and iron bosses. Two clasps attached
to the rear cover. At the top of the front cover an original paper library label with the title (partly
rewritten) "Expositio beati Augustini super Psalmo CXXXIIII et deinceps usque ad finem". The
binding is strengthened by means of parchment strips placed around the first quire and taken
from a s. XIII Latin manuscript.
On the front paste-down the handwritten s. XX ownership-mark: "van Aalst. Gilze / Holland - A
306 - HS." Purchased on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund.