Ambrosius Mediolanensis, Epistolae

Epistola I, 3-5


Cluj-Napoca, Biblioteca Academiei Române, R.85897

Remarks by the Editor

Description made during the Codicology I course of the Diplôme Européen d'Études Médiévales (DEEM), organised by the Fédération Internationale des Instituts d'Études Médiévales (FIDEM). Tutor: Adrian Papahagi.  

General Information

Title Ambrosius Mediolanensis, Epistolae
Shelfmarks R.85897
Page/Folio Reference Wrapper
Material Parchment
Place of Origin Central Europe
Date of Origin 1401-1450
Script, Hands

One hand, Northern textualis

Original Condition

Page Height 440 – 450 mm
Page Width 290 – 300 mm
Height of Written Area 340 – 350 mm
Width of Written Area 220 – 240 mm
Number of Columns 2
Width of Columns 100 – 120 mm
Number of Lines 38 – 40
Line Height 8 – 9 mm
More about the Condition

A quite significant part of the fragment is missing. Only the left margin is partially visible. 

Current Condition

Extent 1 leaf
Dimensions 178 mm x 250 mm
More about the Current Condition

Mostly readable wrapper. The part corresponding to the spine of the volume is darker and has a small hole. The fragment also has some moisture stains.

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


Lombard initial I (5 lines, red); highlighted initials (red). 


  • Content Item
    • Persons Ambrosius Mediolanensis
    • Text Language Latin
    • Title Epistolae
    • Content Description

      …//celsior possibilitas fortior (Ep. I, 3 – PL 17, 479) X  ... placet eius die noctuque (Ep. I, 5 – PL 17, 480)

    • R_85897
    • Edition Ambrosius Mediolanensis, Epistolae ex Ambrosianarum numero segregatae (PL 17), Paris, 1845.



Central Europe


It is unknown when the host volume entered the collections of the Reformed College in Cluj. We have the usual stamp from 1871 (verso of frontispiece), but no earlier ownership note.

Host Volume

Title Anton Josef Kirchweger, Aurea Catena Homeri. Das ist Eine Beschreibung von dem Ursprung der Natur und natürlichen Dinge…
Date of Origin/Publication 1728
Place of Origin/Publication Leipzig
Shelfmark R.85897
Page/Folio Reference: Wrapper

This is the second edition of the book; the first one was published in Leipzig in 1723. Further editions follow in 1738, 1757, 1762... This well-known hermetical book is said to have influenced young Goethe.