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Volume / Number: 7 / 875

CLA 875
  • Einsiedeln Switzerland Stiftsbibliothek 281 (886) (p. 1–178)
  • Einsiedeln Switzerland Stiftsbibliothek 199 (638) (p. 431–526)
Script Rhaetian Minuscule and Alemannic Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written no doubt in a Rhaetian centre, to judge by the script. The manuscript, which is now divided into two volumes, was already at Einsiedeln in the fourteenth century, as is attested by the familiar 'maniculae' drawn in the margins by the Einsiedeln monk and librarian, Heinrich von Ligerz.

CLA Vol. 7
TM Number TM 67019
Support Parchment
Contents Ascetica; Homiliae; Scarapsus Pirminii; etc.
Script Commentary

Script represents early varieties of Rhaetian and Alemannic minuscule, the hands with slim, longish letters are closest to the familiar Rhaetian type, the hands with broad round letters are more akin to the script used around Lake Constance: a curious sickle-shaped form of a which is joined to the preceding letter i occurs in MS 281 on p. 113, a form found only in some Rhaetian and South German manuscripts; uncial and 𐌾 occur; ligatures are numerous: hi, mi, nꞇ in mid-word, ri, ti for hard and soft ti. An interlinear translation of a few lines of text in a Rhaeto-romanic dialect is seen on p. 452 of MS 199, probably an eleventh-century addition.


☛Bischoff, Katalog no. 1118.

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