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A Copy Of Gregory's 'Moralia in Job' Added To Bookcase I, Shelf 5, In A Catalogue of Books From Llanthony

A Copy Of Gregory's 'Moralia in Job' Added To Bookcase I, Shelf 5, In A Catalogue of Books From Llanthony

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Harley MS 460

Item number: f.4v

Length: 29.8

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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Medieval monks kept inventories or lists of the books in their libraries. These lists represent important evidence for determining where a manuscript was held during the middle ages. The lists also suggest what the intellectual interests of a community may have been, as well as the sources available to an author who worked in a particular location. This list of books was once part of a larger book containing theological writings and sermons which belonged to the Augustinian canons of Llanthony, in Wales, as we know from an inscription on a scrap of vellum which is bound in it. Llanthony was dissolved in 1539. This book and others were kept by Richard Hart, the monastery's last prior, who passed them on to his nephew John Theyer.

Bookcase I, Shelf 5, ends on this page, with the first shelf of Bookcase 2 starting near the end of the page, as indicated by the title in red. During the 15th or early 16th century, a copy of Gregory the Great's 'Moralia in Job' was added to Shelf 5 and noted in the paler ink at the end. Blank spaces were left on the list for newly acquired or books moved from another shelf or bookcase.

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