concerning the Passion of Christ,

GOSPEL HARMONY

concerning the Passion of Christ,

Description: manuscript in ink on paper, in Latin, 14 leaves, 180x110 mm, single column, 31 lines, written in a small semi-secretarial bookhand, three-line space left blank for capital on recto of first leaf, watermark of a dolphin, similar to Briquet 5817 (recorded Nieuwport, 1415, with slight variant in Namur, 1417/18), Biblical quotations underlined in brown ink, additional comments added on strips of paper tipped into gutter; marginalia in a tiny script, lower margin of first leaf recto with modern pencil note 'Ms. 5'; (probably the same hand has added at head of title 'Extrait du Evangile'), small piece excised from first leaf in the lower margin, upper margins skilfully repaired, modern calf backed boards by J. & S. Brockman, red lettering piece on upper cover, brown buckram folding box, 2 red lettering pieces on spine

Publication Details: [Southern Netherlands (probably Nieuwport, near Brussels), c.1415]

Notes: An apparently unrecorded version of the Harmonia Evangelii, a popular work which attempted to compile a single narrative of the Passion of Christ by harmonising the four Gospels. Single Gospel accounts, or synopses, were already composed in the second century AD, as evinced by the well-known Tatian's Diatesseron - originally composed in Greek and Syriac. Countless other harmonies were composed throughout the Middle Ages, in Latin or vernacular languages, replete with variations, local readings, and commentaries. In the fifteenth century much theological debate focused on this genre and several...more

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Price: £8,000

Subject: Theology

Published Date: c.1415]

Stock Number: 62621

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