Skip to content

Volume / Number: 5 / 633

CLA 633
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 12205
Script Uncial
Date VI–VII (580 - 620)
Origin and Provenance

Origin uncertain, probably Italy and possibly the region that produced Paris Lat. 12634 (CLA 5.645, 646). The style of colophon and initial decoration, the feel of the parchment and the use of SRhL for 'israel', also found in the Harley Gospels (CLA 2.197), suggest Italy. Provenance certainly Corbie: the manuscript was probably there by the end of the seventh century, to judge by the earliest marginalia. Mentioned in the catalogue of ca. 1200. On fol. 3 stands the seventeenth-century entry: 'Ex Ms. bibliotheca Monasterii S. Petri Corbeiensis in Picardia'; on the same folio: 'STI Germani a Pratis N. 255 (olim 630)'.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66800
Support Parchment
Contents Augustinus, Opera; Instituta Nili Monachi; Regula Ss. Patrum; Regula Magistri; etc.
Script Commentary

Script is a pleasant though not very regular uncial by two different hands: hand A, somewhat larger and more formal than hand B, has characteristic forms of uncial A, and G: uncial A at the head-line has a horn-like mane, is made by three strokes, the top resembling an apple stem, G has a forked tail; hand B, seen on foll. 77–92 and 143–157, begins nearly every page with a somewhat larger letter, an ancient practice here taken over from the older exemplar; both hands apparently copied the original page by page as is suggested by frequent overflows at the end of a page and by occasional spreading towards the end. On foll. 10, 15v, 16v, 32v–34, and 64 are marginal glosses in cursive saec. VIII in. in pale ink with a characteristic s-like flourish above and below the entry-similar marginalia perhaps from the same pen are found in a number of other manuscripts from Corbie (see CLA 5.619). There are probationes pennae in the 'Luxeuil' type (fol. 157, one line), in the Corbie a-b type (foll. 2, 158v), two words in Anglo-Saxon minuscule, saec. IX, in the margin of fol. 34v, an addition in eN-type of Corbie minuscule on fol. 26v and numerous marginal entries by later Caroline hands. An R with an oblique stroke through it on fol. 10v and Notae Tironianae on foll. 12v and 13v stand for 'require'. Numerous crosses are seen in the margin. On foll. 157–158, originally left blank, a list of popes ending with John V (†705), whose years are not given, was entered in uncial by a somewhat later hand, which helps to date the main manuscript. Noteworthy is the division of the text into sense units by means of blanks.


☛De re diplomatica p. 358 and pl. VIII. 3; Nouveau Traité, III, pp. 105–6, 173, etc. and Pl. XXXVIII. 3. 4., XXXIX. 4. 3. 1; XLIV. 3. 1. 5, 3. 3. 2; XLVIII. 1. 1. 2, 1. 3. 1; XLIV. 2. 2. 2; LVII. 3. 3; LIX 5. 2. 1. 1. ☛Tewes, Luxueil No. 25 (MSS with entries in Luxeuil Minuscule). ☛Ganz, Luxeuil: 1 line copied in the same script as CLA 11.1617. ☛A. M. Mundó, 'Sur l'origine de l'écriture dite « ena » de Corbie, À propos de l'édition diplomatique du Paris, lat. 12205' Scriptorium 11 (1957) 258–260. ☛Index Tironianorum.

Facsimile URL
Last modified 01 May 2019