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Volume / Number: 7 / 877

CLA 877
  • Einsiedeln Switzerland Stiftsbibliothek 339 (1332) (p. 139–318) [partly palimpsest]
Script Early Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (701 - 900)
Origin and Provenance

Written apparently in North Italy, to judge by the script, possibly in Switzerland, in the centre that produced St Gall MS 908 (CLA 7.953), famous for its palimpsests, and in part supposedly by Amprosius whose signature in capitals in the form of a cross is seen on p. 142. Was already at Einsiedeln by the fourteenth century, as is attested by the familiar 'maniculae' drawn in the margins by Heinrich von Ligerz, the Einsiedeln librarian from 1324–1360.

CLA Vol. 7
TM Number TM 67021
Support Parchment
Contents Isidorus, Prooemia, De Ortu et Obitu Patrum.
Script Commentary

Script of the main hand is early minuscule with some cursive adhesions, perhaps identical with the upper script of St Gall 908 (CLA 7.953): uncial 𐌾 is used here and there; the shaft of h occasionally bends to the left; the hands of p. 170–3, and 192–3 are an informal and uncalligraphic minuscule with many cursive elements: noteworthy is the z with its oblique shaft tagged to the right, as in some early Tours manuscripts; ligatures are numerous, ti ligature is used for hard and soft ti. A contemporary hand entered the beginning of the Athanasian Creed in uncial on p. 139–40. Liturgical entries in crude minuscule, saec. IX in., are seen on p. 141 and 318.


☛Bischoff, Katalog no. 1135

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