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Volume / Number: 5 / 684

CLA 684
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Nouv. Acq. Lat. 1587
Script Insular Majuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Origin uncertain: a Breton centre seems likely, but Cornwall or Wales are not to be excluded. The colophon on fol. 109 mentions Holcundus as the scribe's name. Provenance St Gatien, Tours (No. 8 of the old catalogue). Stolen by Libri in 1842 (No. 14 of his collection). The entries on fol. 53 ('Pippinus rix francorum') and on fol. 109 ('monasterii S. Zenonis maioris Veronae') were forged by Libri. Bought by Lord Ashburnham in 1847; acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale in 1888.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66851
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vetus Latina, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).
Name Evangelium Gatianum. Gatien Gospels. Codex Gatianus.
Script Commentary

Script is a crude and rather awkward specimen of Celtic majuscule: m at line-ends is sometimes reduced to a vertical zig-zag line; x and z are noteworthy, the lower left branch of x is prolonged downwards, z resembles minuscule ꞇ with a long downward tail to the left. On fol. 1 is the name UUARNERIUS in elongated letters saec. IX. Contemporary monograms appear in the lower margin of fol. 47. In the margin of fol. 75 is a pen-and-ink drawing of a cock. Lessons and variant readings in minuscule saec. IX–X, passim. In the lower margin of the last page (fol. 109) one reads the name TINMOCNIAM (saec. IX).


Handlist of Breton Manuscripts.

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