Partial Bifolium from The Confessions

Partial Leaves from The Confessions

Medieval (Romanesque)
late 12th century
Author of text Saint Augustine (Roman, North Africa, A.D. 354–430)

Place of Manufacture: Monastery, Switzerland


Overall (page dimensions of half leaf): 15 x 21.5 cm (5 7/8 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink on parchment

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Upper half of a bifolium (sheet of parchment folded in half to produce two leaves), with text from The Confessions, written by Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in Roman North Africa, in 397.

f. 1: 4.11.16 “deum” - 4.12.18 “abiit”, 4.12.19 “ut redeamus” - “spiritu eius”
f. 2: 5.9.16 “eius tam falsa” - 5.9.17 “humiliatum”, 5.9.17 “tua ingerebat” - 5.9.18 “meam quam mea” (Patrologia Latina 32:700-701 and 1713-1714).

1 column of text in Latin, with 18 of approximately 30 original lines.

Written in a Swiss Romanesque bookhand in black ink. Heading (on verso of f. 1): “IIII” in blue and red epigraphic capitals.

Used as a binding fragment at a later date.


By 1917, Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, gift of Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection