(1) Perhaps from the medieval library of the monastery of Sedan in the Ardennes: fourteenth- or fifteenth-century ex libris "Ecclesiae Sydon" at head of fol.1r.
(2) Pietro Francesco di Rossi (d.1673), the seventeenth-century Papal jurist: his inscription "Ex dono R.P.D. Petri Francisci de Rubeis". Other volumes from his library passed after his death to the library of the Sapienza University, Rome (cf. A. Maier, 'Zu einigen Handschriften der Biblioteca Alessandrina in Rom', Rivista di storia della Chiesa in Italia, 18, 1964, pp.1-12).
This elegant Romanesque manuscript contains a collection of texts written for public reading in a monastery. It includes three of the principal works of Arnauld de Bonneval (c.1100-56), the biographer of St. Bernard of Clairvaux: De Ultima Verba Christi (fol.1r, Migne, Pat.Lat.189, cols.1677-1726); De Laudibus Beatae Mariae Virginis (fol.42v, ibid., cols.1726-34); and his account of the Creation, De operibus sex dierum (ibid., cols.1515-70, Stegmüller, Repertorium Biblicum, no.2251). These are followed by an extract from one of Augustine's epistles (ep.118, fol.55r), and short treatises either by the early theologian, Rufinus of Aquileia (c.340-410) or related to his writings, including part of his preface to the books of Origen, the Peri archon, opening "Scio quam plurimos fratrum ..." (fol.55v, E. Dekkers, Clavis Patrum Latinorum, 1995, 198e); his Apologia ad Anastasium (fol.56r, ibid., 198); followed by Jerome's Epistola ad Rufinam (fol.57v, ibid., 620) and his Liber tertius adversus libros Rufini (ibid., 614, ending imperfectly).
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