MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 172
Summary Catalogue no.: 19158
Origen, Homiles on Numbers, etc.; southern Germany, 12th century
(The original name erased, replaced in brown ink with ‘Hieronimi(?)’, and subsequently overwritten with ‘Origenis’)
Only 26 numbered items due to the fact that one title is skipped between ‘xvii De prophetia eiusdem [Balaam] tercia’ and ‘xviii De visione .v. Balaam’.
The first 12 homilies with added running headers ‘om prima’, ‘o ii’, ‘o iii’ etc., ‘o. xxiiii’.
Homily 8 ends on a half-sheet, blank on the verso; Homily 9 begins on a new leaf (fol. 38r).
Baehrens, op. cit. 3–255; Stegmüller, ibid.
With staveless neumes.CANTUS ah53197 pr. Analecta hymnica, liii (1911), pp. 318–19 no. 197, citing 7 MSS. of which 5 are collated, including the present one (siglum ‘B’).
Added by a different scribe to the blank last page of a larger-than-normal quire; Homily 27 starts on a new quire.
Ruled in blind for 27 lines per page. Ruled space 205 × 120 mm.
Pregothic bookhand, apparently mostly by a single hand (despite the division into two codicological units), with sometimes-extensive corrections by other hands, e.g. fol. 138r.
Diastematic neumes, fol. 170v
Two fine large foliate initials drawn in orange ink introduce the prologue and first homily, 8 and 10 lines tall respectively (fols. 1r, 2v). Not in P&A.
Other homilies with plain red 4-line initials.
Medieval binding: late-medieval brown leather with blind-stamped decoration, on the front: rosette and script (apparently twelve minims) forming a saltire, with leafwork border; the same on the back but with a border of arches; the rosette and script stamps also on the spine. The same stamps attributed by Einbanddatenbank to the 'Halbkreis Ornament' workshop (w002843) [Czech Republic, c. 1474], documented only from Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Cod. theol. et phil. fol. 17 [recte 27].
Earlier (?) sewing and boards: sewn on three slit bands, laced and pegged into horizontal channels in thick wood boards, square cut, with pink-stained parchment at the inner corners of each board covering the endband lacing. Traces of lost strap-and-pin clasp with leather strap running from back-cover fore-edge to central pin on front, and of four large circular bosses on each cover; late-medieval parchment title-label at upper centre of front cover (cf. MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 188), inscribed ‘AE’ in red and ‘Omelie Origenis i[n Numer]orum | cum descripcione mansionum filorum Israel’. Added green spine-label and gilt lettering, with minor repairs, 18th century, Italian. 286–288 × c. 178–180 × c. 82 mm. (book closed).
Provenance and Acquisition
Presumably written for a house with a special veneration for, and perhaps dedicated to, St Nicholas (fol. 170v).
12th–15th-century readers: the main text with frequent ‘Nota’ marks and other annotations, corrections, etc. (e.g. fol. 27r–v), often ‘Cave’ or ‘Caute’.
Unidentified 14th/15th-century German library: the front cover label with shelfmark(?) ‘AE’.
Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805, Jesuit and bibliophile of Venice; source of acquisition not known (not Soranzo); from whom his manuscripts passed to his brother:
Giuseppe Canonici , -1807, and on the latter’s death to their nephew, Giovanni Perisinotti, from whom over 2,000 were:
Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2021-05: Description fully revised for Polonsky German project.