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Volume / Number: 5 / 693a

CLA 693a
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Nouv. Acq. Lat. 2334
Script Uncial
Date VII (601 - 700)
Origin and Provenance

Written apparently in a centre outside the main Latin stream, perhaps in the Eastern region to which Munich Lat. 6224 (CLA 9.1249) is ascribed. Reached France by the eighth century and was restored, doubtless in the French scriptorium that produced Vatic. Pal. Lat. 493, foll. 19–99 (CLA 1.93), as suggested by the restoration leaves (see next item). Was at Tours by the early ninth century, to judge by the added fol. 33. Bore the number 4 in the library of the Cathedral of Tours, whence Libri stole it in 1842. His forged ex-libris stands on fol. 116v: μον. κρυπτφερρ. Was acquired by Lord Ashburnham, from whom it was purchased by the Bibliothèque Nationale in 1888.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66860
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Vetus, Pentateuchus (Vulgata, Gn, Ex, Lv, Nm, Dt).
Name Ashburnham Pentateuch. Pentateuchus Turonensis.
Script Commentary

Script is uncial of a peculiar type, with some features recalling the Valerianus Codex (Munich Lat. 6224; CLA 9.1249), assigned by some to a Latin-speaking region east of Italy: uncial A has a mane-like top; the lower part of B is broad; the eye of uncial E is open; the descenders of F, P, and uncial Q turn to the left; LL run together; the oblique stroke of N is often low; the bow of R often open; half-uncial occurs at line-ends; cup-shaped suprascript U near the end of a line. Uncial AE, OS, UNT are found in ligature. Marginalia saec. VII in mixed uncial or half-uncial (see fol. 5). A liturgical lesson (LECTIO PASCAE) is marked in uncial (fol. 109). An entry in crude Notae Tironianae on fol. 93v reads, ‘de sa-cra-men-to’; another occurs on fol. 121; later Notae saec. IX on foll. 70v, 71v, 76v, 118v, 126v.


☛Index Tironianorum no. 664. ☛Weber-Gryson, Vulgata MS G (Gn–Nm).

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