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Petrus, Comestor, Historia scholastica. Manuscript (Ms 121)



Manuscript Number:

Codex Ms 121


1 volume; 30 x 22 cm


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
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Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Chronicle of Biblical history organized in accordance with the order of the Biblical books, omitting books with no obvious significance for the reconstruction of the history. This work has been rebound and leather fragments retained. See Special Collections circulation desk for additional information. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 121.

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Scope Note

Part of Petrus Comestor's (a Biblical scholar active in the 12th century), Scholastic History (Historia scholastica), a preeminent Biblical text from the late middle ages. A chronicle of the Biblical period from Genesis through the end of the New Testament's Book of Acts. The manuscript is organized in accordance with the order of the Biblical books themselves, but omitting books of no obvious significance for the reconstruction of Biblical history. Includes minor rubrication.

Compare to University of Chicago Codex Ms 120, another manuscript of the same text.

Bound in gold-stamped leather over boards, probably the original binding.

Text in Latin.

Foliation: 269 leaves.

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Volume 1

Codex Ms 121

View cover (front)-fol. 42v.

View fols. 43r-84v.

View fols. 85r-126v.

View fols. 127r-169r.

View fols. 169v-210r.

View fols. 210v-252v.

View fols. 253r-cover (back.)