Gregory the Great.
Moralia in Job.
[manuscript in Latin from France],
11th or 12th century.
The Moralia was a medieval best-seller, with some 550 manuscript copies surviving, and nine editions printed up to 1500. The dimensions of this folio manuscript are impressive, but originally it was probably half again as thick as it is now: unfortunately, it lacks nearly one hundred leaves, and the location of the gaps tells us that the missing pages probably had elegant initials similar to the one we see here.
Gift of Archer M. Huntington, 1912.