[LATIN VULGATE] JOB with the GLOSSA ORDINARIA
In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment
Northern Italy, c. 1125-40
This manuscript from the Cistercian Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba is one of the earliest witnesses to the book of Job with the Ordinary Gloss – particularly important as evidence of the circulation of that text in Italy very soon after it was written. The script used in the margins for the glosses is remarkable - microscopically minute but with no loss of legibility. This is a small, light volume, tall and rather narrow, suitable for private reading, in the cloister, or at the roadside, of the great biblical text promising comfort and constancy in time of trouble.