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Description Created in the mid twelfth century in Germany, this manuscript contains the much earlier writings of the Irish scholar Sedulius Scotus. Writing in the mid ninth century at St. Lambert in Liege, Scotus famously penned this treatise on the duties and ideals of the Christian king or prince. It is the earliest version of a genre that would become popular in the later medieval and Renaissance periods, often known as "mirrors for princes." This manuscript is the second oldest copy of Scotus' treatise known, the earliest being from the ninth century (Bremen, Stadtbibliothek Ms. C. 36). The text is virtually complete, missing only its first and last folios, and is written in a clear Romanesque Caroline minuscule script. The nine inhabited initials, which include dragons and cranes, as well as the seven decorated initials, have been left unfinished. In its script and decoration the manuscript is similar to a benedictional made in Constance (Folter, et al. Cimelia, p. 144, no. 33).
Exhibitions
  • Schatzkammer: Henry Walters' German Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006.
Provenance [Fol. 117 (originally rear pastedown) has 13th century office of Matins for Saint Catherine (with neumes)]; Gustav Ritter von Emmich; Gustav Ritter von Emmich Sale, Vienna, March 15, 1906, no. I, pl. VIII; Gruel and Engelmann Collection [no. 609]; Leon Gruel, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
early 12th century (Medieval)
Medium
ink and pigments on cream-colored, velvety parchment covered with modern white leather over boards
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.12
Measurements
H: 7 1/16 x W: 4 5/8 in. (18 x 11.7 cm)
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