Dialogorum libri quattuor.

Accession number: 
PML 78831
Gregory I, Pope, approximately 540-604.
[Strasbourg] : [Heinrich Eggestein], [not after 1473]
[58] leaves ; 30 cm. (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased on the L.C. Harper Fund, 1986.

Printed in Eggestein's type 4:99G (type 99b in BMC).
Collation: [1-5¹⁰ 6⁸]: 58 leaves, leaf [6]/8 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio
Paper stock is one of those appearing in the Missale speciale; see Allan Stevenson, The problem of the Missale speciale (London: Bibliographical Society, 1967), 100-127 and Gutenberg-Jahrbuch (1962): 94-105.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 29 x 21 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: [6]/8 (blank).
PML copy rubricated by Vitus Hägelin, 1473 (leaf [6]/7r).
Some staining in margins from blotted out notes.
Evidence of tab on leaf [1]/1.

19th-century quarter paper over paper boards covered in paste paper (30 x 21.5 cm), edges worn. Illegible inscription (15th/16th-century?) on bottom edge. Modern title label: "Dialogues St. Grégoire manuscrit 1473;" pencil inscription on first flyleaf in same hand, "Dialogues de St. Grégoire. La date se trouve a la fin du manuscrit: 1473."

Hand decoration: Rubricated, red and blue lombards (some with minor penwork flourishing), headlines, red and blue paragraph marks, chapter rubrics, capital strokes, and foliation by Vitus Hägelin. Hägelin used z-like puncti at rubrics; his paraphs have leftward-facing bowls with a secondary vertical strokes and horizontal strokes at top and bottom, with the bottom extending far to the right.
17th-century marginal notations in Latin, some blotted out, and pagination; notes on leaves [1]/9r and [5]/3v dated 1682 and 1684. 15th-century(?) note on leaf [2]/2r, blotted out.

Munich, Court Library, Bibliotheca Regia Monacensis stamp (leaf [1]/1r), duplicate; bookplates removed from front and rear pastedowns (9.1 x 6, 7.7 x 7.1, and 7.7 x 7 cm); unidentified round, blue label (1.5 cm, three concentric rings: string of pearls, plain band, sunburst), blank (front pastedown); Sotheby's London, 27 Nov. 1986, lot 171; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased (via Maggs Bros.) 27 Nov. 1986.