Gospel Harmony of Eusebius


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Gospel Harmony of Eusebius

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Tavole delle Concordanze di Eusebio di Cesarea – Concordantiae Evangelicae of Eusebius Caesariensis – Tables des Canons d’Eusèbe de Césarée – Tablas de Concordancia de los Evangelios por Eusebio de Cesarea – Evangelienharmonie des Eusebius – Festtagsevangelistar mit Kanontafeln.
CODICOLOGY – Codex on parchment, dimensions 350 x 250 mm, 168 folios (84 pages).
ORIGIN – Germany (Reichenau Abbey).
DATING – 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).
GENRE – Christianity, Bibles / 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.
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 (c. 20v), the Adoration of the Magi (c. 23v), the Baptism of Christ (c. 25v), the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (c. 27v), Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem (c. 29v), the Last Supper (c. 31v), the three Marys at the Sepulchre (c. 33v), the descent into limbo (c. 35v), the Ascension (c. 37v), Pentecost (c. 39v), the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (c. 41v).
STYLE – Ottonian.
EXTERNAL LINKS – Associazione Bibliofili Bresciani Bernardino Misinta (digitized manuscript) – Associazione Bibliofili Bresciani Bernardino Misinta (extract from «Tesori miniati», Silvana editoriale, 1995).

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Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document – The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the physical characteristics of the original document, with the aim to substitute it in the scientific research and in the libraries of the bibliophile collectors. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document. The binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
PublisherDe Agostini/UTET (Rome/Turin, 2006).
Limited edition – Limited and numbered edition of 399 copies in Arabic numerals and XLV in Roman numerals.
Certificate of authenticity – The authenticity certificate with the copy number is attached to the colophon.
Writing support material – Special aged like-parchment paper.
Binding – Leather cover with blind tooling, 5 cords at the spine, cornerpieces and central metal boss on boards. Handmade binding.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian. Edited by Ennio Ferraglio.
Slipcase – The facsimile and the commentary volume are housed in an elegant wooden slipcase with two compartments.

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