Passio sancti Sebastiani et S. Tiburtii

Accession number: 
MS M.562
Passio sancti Sebastiani et S. Tiburtii
Regensburg, Germany, between 1050 and 1075.
19th century pastiche assembled for Guillaume Libri by Alexis Berg; box-case of heavy wood boards lined with modern vellum and covered with stamped red velvet; metal plaque on front cover with copper gilt panels, filigree, and cabochon crystals; central sunk panel of silver gilt bears an enamel depicting Christ in a mandorla; surrounded by metal roundels with the Evangelist symbols.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1905 or 1906.
45 leaves (1 column, 22 lines), bound : vellum ; 200 x 140 mm
Probably written in the Abbey of St. Emmeram at Regensburg; given to Fulda by Otloh of St. Emmeram, ca. 1062; later at St. Peter's in Erfurt; owned by Guillaume Libri (Libri, no. 767); his sale (London, Sotheby's, July 29, 1862, lot 321) to Sir Thomas Phillipps (Phillipps collection, no. 16411); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), perhaps through Quaritch in 1905 or 1906; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. lives of saints; written in Regensburg, Germany, probably at the Abbey of St. Emmeram, in the third quarter of the eleventh century.
Texts: Passio sancti Sebastiani et S. Tiburtii (fol. 1-38), which has been attributed to Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (d. 397), and the anonymous Passio sancti Vincentii martyris (fol. 38-45v).
Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.562 is thought to have once been bound together with seven other lives of saints manuscripts previously in the collection of Guillaume Libri: Libri, no. 491 (now in the British Library, MS Add. 22793); Libri, no. 1035; Libri, no. 1103 (now Berlin, Ms. Theol. Lat. quarto, 365); Libri, no. 1054; Libri, no. 760; Libri, no. 269; and Libri, no. 748--Cf. Theele and PML files.
Scribe: unknown; corrected by Otloh of St. Emmeram.