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Homeliae in johannis evangelium, 1462

Identifier: MS 12


This manuscript contains John Chrysostom's Homeliae in johannis evangelium, translated by Francesco Griffolini of Arezzo. The scribe is identified in the colophon as Lambert Leynen, who copied the manuscript in Rome in 1462. The manuscript belonged to the library of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Saint Barbara in Cologne and previous owners include Leander van Ess, Sir Thomas Phillipps, and John Meade Falkner.


  • Creation: 1462


1 Volumes



Custodial History

Written in Rome in 1462 by Lambert Lynen, probably a cleric from the low countries (see Goldschmidt catalogue entry). The manuscript belonged to the library of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Saint Barbara in Cologne (St. Barbara's new number: O 35 on spine). Inside back cover pastedown part of a folded parchment document dated 145?, Rome. Probably in the collection of Leander van Ess, Darmstadt, and sold in 1824 to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 630, tag on spine and in ink on f. 13r); his sale (London 1910, n. 312) to Leighton (Cat. of mss., 1912, n. 62, traces of catalogue entry with this number visible on inside cover); Leighton sale (London, 27 Oct. 1919, III, n. 2099) to Ellis; John Meade Falkner sale (London, 12 Dec. 1932, n. 147) to E. P. Goldschmidt (List 13 [Feb. 1935], n. 339, catalogue entry taped to inside front cover). Purchased by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, on inside cover in lead: "my # 26 top 1681").


  1. John Chrysostom, Saint, -407, author
  2. Francesco Griffolini of Arezzo, translator

Other related names

  1. Lynenm Lambert, scribe
  2. Carthusian Charterhouse of Saint Barbara, Cologne, former owner
  3. van Ess, Leander, Darmstadt, former owner
  4. Phillipps, Sir Thomas, former owner
  5. Leighton, bookseller
  6. Ellis, bookseller
  7. Falkner, John Meade, former owner
  8. Goldschmidt, E. P., former owner
  9. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  10. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Howard Lehman Goodhart to Bryn Mawr College in 1951.

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Physical Description

Style of binding suggests that it was bound in or for the Charterhouse of Saint Barbara, Cologne. Fols. 2-12 missing with no apparent loss of text

Paper support (watermarks similar to Briquet Huchet 7833; Briquet Ciseaux 3668).

Fifteenth-century German. Style of binding suggests that it was bound in or for the Charterhouse of St. Barbara, Cologne. Brown calf on boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern decorated with roses, fleur-de-lis, eagles. Center panels decorated with small medallions depicting the mother and child on the crescent moon. Two split brass fastenings on upper board with two corresponding shield-shaped fastenings on the lower board with traces of leather straps. Traces of five round bosses on each board. Metal corner pieces. Five bands on spine, title written on paper strip: "S. Johannes/ Chrysostomus/ Homeliae/ M.S. 1462." On three smaller paper strips: "35" (in ink), "630" (the 0 written in ink over a printed 2), and "312" (also printed).

248; 338 x 231 mm bound to 350 x 245 mm

Single column, thirty-eight lines with vertical bounding lines usually full length in brown ink, and rulings in hardpoint or lead; prickings visible in the four corners where the bounding lines intersect with the top and bottom ruled line; written area: 205 x 120 mm

Humanistic script, written by a single scribe

On f. 13r the text begins with an unusual, skillfully drawn 7-line blue and pink initial inside a black and red penwork rectangle. The initial is surrounded by acanthus leaves on a pink ground and infilled with two white acanthus leaves shaded with pink set inside two darker pink rondels. Two red and blue stylized, four-petal flowers, one in the upper margin, one in the lower, are connected to this initial by a red and blue baguette. A similar initial on f. 15v extending into the top margin is surrounded with white acanthus leaves on either side, one with black shading, the other with red; a red and blue baguette descends from the initial to a single flower in the lower margin. The remaining initials are simple 4-line, alternating blue and red. Headings, sentence, and paragraph markers in red. Running chapter numbers in black ink in center of outer margin near the edge of the paper, recto.

Contemporary foliation in ink, 1, 13-153, 155-260, upper right recto.

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