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CLA 638
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 12239
Script eN-type and Early Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII² (751 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in France, and probably in the North, as all the examples of this type have been preserved at Corbie: MSS Lat. 13028, 13347, 13348, 13349 (CLA 5.647, 655, 656, 657), Amiens 220, and St Petersburg O.v.I.4. Old Corbie catalogues mention 'Cassiodorus in Psalmos in tria volumina', referring probably to this manuscript and Paris Lat. 12240–12241 (see next item). The title in a well known fifteenth-century Corbie librarian's hand is seen on fol. Av, and the Corbie ex-libris of the seventeenth century on fol. 1. Came to St Germain des Prés in the seventeenth century, where it was numbered '266'. Acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale during the Revolution. The Carolingian binding is noteworthy.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66805
Support Parchment
Contents Cassiodorus, In Psalmos (1–50).
Script Commentary

Script of the main part (foll. 1–52v, 74ff.) is a distinct type, recalling half-uncial and with several cursive elements, in which e and N do not combine and the N is invariably uncial: a has the open form and is occasionally superscript; e in ligature is high and open; n is usually uncial; sickle-shaped u occurs in final syllables; y is short, occasionally dotted, with both branches curving to the right an Insular feature; numerous ligatures occur. The rest of the MS (foll. 53v–74) is in contemporary Caroline minuscule by an inexpert scribe, showing Insular influence. 'Gislefridus' (fol. 76v) and 'Landricus' (foll. 76v, 100v) are possibly the names of the scribes; 'Vapertus (?) diaconus' in Notae Tironianae (fol. 137); 'FRUL FULCO rotgr UUALDO' entered in dry-point (fol. 146). Neumes on fol. 239.


Index Tironianorum.

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