|Date||VIII² (ante 781) (751 - 780)|
|Origin and Provenance||
Written at Corbie, at the order of abbot Maurdramn (772–781). The series of volumes probably comprised the entire Bible: it was begun on a magnificent scale with the Pentateuch, but was reduced in size in subsequent volumes. The inscription at the end of Maccabees (MS 11, fol. 96) reads: EGO MAURDRAMNUS ABBAS PROPTER DEI AMOREM ET PROPTER COMPENDIUM LEGENTIUM HOC VOLUMEN FIERI IUSSI. QUICUMQUE HUNC LIBRUM LEGERIT DOMINI MISERICORDIAM PRO ME EXORET. The ex-libris ‘Liber sancti Petri Corbeiae sancti Adalardi’ (saec. IX–X) and ‘Liber sancti Petri Corbeiae’ (saec. XII) are seen on fol. 1 of MS 7. In the eighteenth century the Amiens volumes were numbered 64, 166, 151, 155, 165 respectively. The Paris fragments came to the Bibliothèque Nationale by way of St Germain des Prés.
|TM Number||TM 66875|
Script is excellent, fully developed Caroline minuscule of a distinct type named after the patron of this Bible: typical are f, r, s with the knob-like fore-stroke and the s going below the line; ascenders are club-shaped and descenders are strikingly firm; a is the rule, oc-a the exception; N occurs here and there. Prefaces and Capitula are in smaller script, in which ligatures are more frequent, especially at line-ends. An entry in Notae Tironianae in MS 12, fol. 109v, reads: ‘incipit liber iesu filii sirac’. A hymn to St Andrew in a tenth-century hand is seen in MS 9, fol. 132v.
☛Ganz, Corbie p. 132. ☛Index Tironianorum. ☛Weber-Gryson, Vulgata MS M (MS 6: Gn–Dt; MS 7: Ios–Rt; MS 9: Dn-Mal; MS 11: Mcc; MS 12: Pro–Sir).
|Last modified||06 April 2022|