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CLA 729
  • Autun France Bibliothèque Municipale S 129 (107) (foll. 63–76)
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Nouv. Acq. Lat. 1629 (foll. 15–16)
Script Half-Uncial
Date VI–VII (580 - 620)
Origin and Provenance

Written either in Spain itself or on the border between Spain and France to judge by the peculiar script, the form of abbreviated ‘-bus’, the vermilion ink in titles, the Visigothic marginalia, and the slight resemblance to Paris, Lat. 9533 and particularly to Paris, Lat. 10233 + Bern F. 219 (CLA 5.587, 592). Provenance the cathedral of Autun; later in the Grand Séminaire of the same city, whence the Paris leaves were removed by Libri and later sold to Lord Ashburnham, from whom they were acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale in 1888.

CLA Vol. 6
TM Number TM 66898
Support Parchment
Contents Augustinus, Enarrationes in Psalmos (141–149).
Script Commentary

Script is a round half-uncial: a is broad and often closed; f and s are noteworthy; g is cramped and mostly rests on the line (uncial G also occurs); the oblique of N sags and intersects the second upright. Seventh-century marginal entries in sloping uncial occur on foll. 19 and 131. Of special interest are the numerous marginal entries in curious Visigothic cursive by a certain Honemundus (foll. 46, 93v); in one of these occurs the name of Bishop Nambadus (fol. 153v), which helps to date the entry between 718 and 731 as R. P. Robinson ingeniously pointed out; the entries are mostly biblical quotations, formulas, bits of verse and often the first line of Disticha Catonis, the medieval scribe’s favourite probatio pennae; the unmistakable Visigothic features are: the Ɛ-shaped a, the c and e with slightly horizontal first stroke, the q cut obliquely by an s-shaped flourish for que and qui, and the omission of n marked by two superposed strokes (fol. 30v). Other marginalia are in Merovingian minuscule (foll. 3, 31v, 32, 157) or cursive (foll. 24v, 89, 121v, 129v, 162v, 163, 202v); IN NOMINE DOMINI MANEFRICDA in Rustic capitals is seen in the margin of fol. 70v (part of the same name on fol. 98); AUDI GARIA is entered with a stylus on fol. 166. The beginning of a tachygraphic syllabary differing from any known Latin system may be seen written upside down in upper margins of foll. 77v–78. The binding is Carolingian.


☛Rodney P. Robinson, Manuscripts 27 (S. 29) and 107 (S. 129) of the Municipal Library of Autun, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 16 (Rome, 1939). ☛Maître, Catalogue, dates to s. VI ex. ☛Bischoff, MAS 2 p. 315. ☛Bischoff, Das benediktinische Mönchtum p. 171 note. ☛Index Tironianorum.

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