Gospel Harmony of Eusebius

Brescia, Biblioteca Queriniana, Codex F. II. 1

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Gospel Harmony of Eusebius

Brescia, Biblioteca Queriniana, Codex F. II. 1

Category:
Alternative titles
Concordantiae Evangelicae of Eusebius Caesariensis – Brescia Gospel Lectionary – Tablas de Concordancia de los Evangelios por Eusebio de Cesarea – Festtagsevangelistar mit Kanontafeln.
Physical features
Codex on parchment, dimensions 350 x 250 mm, 168 folios (84 pages).
Binding
Leather cover with blind tooling, 5 cords at the spine, cornerpieces and central metal boss on boards.
Origin
Produced in the Reichenau Abbey (Germany), in the second quarter of the 11th century.
Former owners
In the second half of the 15th century the codex was acquired by the Brescian physician Tommaso Lamberti (see the possession note on f. 42v).
Present repository
The manuscript is currently part of the Biblioteca Queriniana in Brescia, where it is stored under the shelfmark MS F.II.1.
Genre
ChristianityBibles / Gospels.
Content
In the opening pages of the manuscript we find the tables of Gospel concordances developed by Eusebius of Caesarea (b. 265, d. 340). The system of Eusebius’ canons consisted of tables indicating the concordances between the passages of the four canonical Gospels, and was used up to the subdivision into chapters and verses still in use today. After the Gospel harmonies, a second part follows with twelve Gospel passages.
Language
Latin.
Script
Carolingian minuscule, roman square capitals, uncial.
Scribe
The codex is the work of just one scribe.
Decoration
The 19 Eusebian tables are placed between variously decorated columns, with animal and human figures inserted in the pediments. At the opening of the Gospel passages, 12 golden rinceaux initials on a purple background are inserted in a full-page frame. With the exception of the second passage, 11 full-page miniatures precede and illustrate the corresponding passage: the Annunciation (f. 20v), the Adoration of the Magi (f. 23v), the Baptism of Christ (f. 25v), the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (f. 27v), Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem (f. 29v), the Last Supper (f. 31v), the three Marys at the Sepulchre (f. 33v), the descent into limbo (f. 35v), the Ascension (f. 37v), Pentecost (f. 39v), the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (c. 41v).
Style
Ottonian.

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FACSIMILE EDITION(S)

Le Concordanze di Eusebio

Publisher – De Agostini/UTET (Rome/Turin, 2006).
Limited edition – Limited and numbered edition of 399 copies in Arabic numerals and XLV in Roman numerals.
Type of reproduction – Full-size colour reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces the physical characteristics of the original manuscript as closely as possible, with the aim of substituting it in scientific research and in the libraries of bibliophile collectors.
Material – Special aged like-parchment paper.
Binding – The binding corresponds to that of the original document.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian. Edited by Ennio Ferraglio.
Slipcase – The facsimile and the commentary volume are housed in an elegant wooden two-compartment slipcase.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate with the copy number is attached to the colophon.

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Die Evangelienharmonie des Eusebius

Publisher – ADEVA – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (Graz, 1991).
Type of reproduction – Full-size colour reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces the physical characteristics of the original manuscript as closely as possible, with the aim of substituting it in scientific research and in the libraries of bibliophile collectors.
Binding – Half leather.

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