s. XIII/XIV [turn of the 14th century]
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Bound in two volumes ca. 1966; previously bound in brown leather in a single volume.
An intensely illustrated florilegium of meditations and prayers drawing from Song of Songs and Augustine’s De Trinitate, among other texts, the Rothschild Canticles is remarkable for its full-page miniatures, historiated initials, and drawings, which show the work of multiple artists.
Exhibition Catalogue: W. Cahn and J. Marrow, eds., "Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Yale: A Selection," Yale University Library Gazette 52 (1978), pp. 202-03, no. 29, pl. 12 of f. 84r. Jeffrey F. Hamburger, The Rothschild Canticles: Art and Mysticism in Flanders and the Rhineland circa 1300 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990).
Manuscript on parchment (uneven quality, severely trimmed) of a Florilegium comprised of a series of meditations and prayers. The text, apparently a unicum, is a cento of biblical, liturgical, and patristic citations, with some additional material spuriously attributed to St. Bernard. The most important sources are the Song of Songs, the other Wisdom books, the Prophets, and, in the Trinitarian section, Augustine's De Trinitate.
ff. iii + 192 : parchment ; 118 x 84 mm.
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