Manuscript on parchment containing 1) Hrabanus Maurus (c. 780-856), Expositio in IV
libros Regum, up to the middle of 3.4. PL 109.9-133. 2) Beda Venerabilis (d. 735),
De templo Salomonis. 3) Hrabanus Maurus, Expositio in IV libros Regum, 3.8-4.25. 4)
Alexandri Magni regis Macedonum et Dindimi regis Bragmanorum de philosophia per litteras
facta collatio. The ficticious correspondence between Alexander the Great and the
King of the Brahmins about philosophy and morals. 5) Large collection of short moral
prescriptions without apparent order, several of them addressed at monks. The authors
from whom the sentences are taken are rarely mentioned: Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory
the Great, Isidore of Seville, John Chrysostom, Plato.
Collection of J.R. Ritman, bought from H.P. Kraus in 1988 (bookplate, MS BPH 92).
Albert H. Childe Memorial Collection at Yale University Library (armorial bookplate).
Script: The original part copied by a single hand writing a careful Praegothica. The
additional artt. 4 and 5 are copied by two slightly later hands in smaller and less
formal forms of the same script.
The decoration of the original part consists of headings and chapter numbering in
red; 1-line versals alternately red and green in the chapter tables; and plain initials
of various sizes (2-4, occasionally 6-11 lines, sometimes slightly decorated, in
red, blue and green. In the additional artt. 4 and 5 red stroking of the majuscules,
red headings (not in art. 5), and 1-2 lines plain red initials.
Binding: Eighteenth Century. Paper over pasteboard. On the spine red leather title
label with inscription ... Red mottled edges.
Rabanus Maurus, Expositio libri Regum, etc. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book
and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Alexander, the Great, 356-323 B.C.
Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735.
Rabanus Maurus, Archbishop of Mainz, 784?-856.
Solomon, King of Israel.
Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem)
Bible -- Commentaries.
Bible. -- O.T. -- Kings.
Latin letters, Medieval and modern.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven.
Sermons, Latin -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- France -- 12th century.
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.