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Volume / Number: 7 / 859

CLA 859
  • Bern Switzerland Burgerbibliothek 199 (foll. 1–2)
Script Pre-Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in France, presumably in the East and manifestly under Luxeuil influence. The manuscript of Gregory in which our folios serve as fly-leaves must be of Rheims origin to judge by the script: an old probatio pennae 'remigius' seen on fol. 78v goes to confirm that origin. Like some other manuscripts in the collection of Jacob Bongars (†1612), it presumably came from a medieval Rheims library. Bongars' heir, Jacques Gravisset, donated it in 1632 to the city of Bern.

CLA Vol. 7
TM Number TM 66998
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vulgata, Io 11.16–12.42).
Script Commentary

Script is a curious, stiff, and awkward Merovingian minuscule imitating the Luxeuil type and recalling somewhat the Laon a-z type: a has the oc form, sometimes closed at the top; the eye of e is open; the cross-stroke of is looped; sickle-shaped u occurs on the line as in Merovingian charters; frequent ligatures with t: te, tu, and ti ligature which is regularly used for hard ti, as in some Laon a-z manuscripts; fi and ri also occur.

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