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Gilt silver, enamel, and jeweled bookcover
[Probably Salzburg, ca. 760–90]
Earlier binding used as lower cover on Lindau Gospels, Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland, late ninth century
350 x 275 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1901; MS M. 1

The Evangelist Luke
Gospel Book, in Latin
France, Reims, ca. 860
303 x 258 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1927; MS M.728 (fol. 94v)

Jeweled upper cover of the Lindau Gospels, ca. 880
Court School of Charles the Bald
Lindau Gospels, in Latin
Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall, late ninth century
350 x 275 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1901; MS M. 1

Fables, in Greek (Southern Italy, tenth or eleventh century)
215 x 166 mm
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1908; MS M.397

Iris
Pedanius Dioscorides (Greek, active ca. A.D. 50)
De materia medica, in Greek
Constantinople, ca. 930–70
Gouache on vellum, 385 leaves
15 1/2 x 11 13/16 inches (395 x 300 mm)
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, 1920; MS M.652, fol. 114v

Vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem
Beatus of Liébana
Commentary on the Apocalypse, in Latin
Illuminated by Maius (d. 968)
Spain, province of León, probably San Salvador de Tábara, mid-tenth century
15 1/4 x 11 inches (385 x 200 mm)
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1919; MS M.644, vol. II (fol. 222v)

Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
Gospel Lectionary, in Latin
Austria, Salzburg, Abbey of St. Peter, ca. 1050
267 x 210 mm
William S. Glazier Collection; deposited in 1963, given in 1984; MS. G.44 (fol. 2)

Crucifixion of Saint Peter
Sacramentary, in Latin
France, Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, ca. 1060
286 x 215 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1919; MS M.641 (fol. 122v)

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