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Volume / Number: 7 / 953

CLA 953
  • Sankt Gallen Switzerland Stiftsbibliothek 908 [palimpsest new]
  • Zürich Switzerland Zentralbibliothek C 79 b (foll. 16, 19) [palimpsest new]
Script Early Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written apparently in North Italy, to judge by the script, possibly in Switzerland, in the centre which produced Einsiedeln MS 339. The Zürich leaves were probably separated from the volume when many St Gall manuscripts were removed to Zürich in the Toggenburg War of 1712. The primary texts in this palimpsest were discovered in 1823 by B. G. Niebuhr.

CLA Vol. 7
TM Number TM 67097
Support Parchment
Contents Isidorus, Synonyma, Differentiae (1-3), Sententiae (3.61); Gregorius Magnus, Homiliae in Evangelia (1); Caesarius Arelatensis, Homiliae (188); Ps- Augustinus, Homiliae (382).
Script Commentary

Script is an early minuscule by one hand (except p. 97–98) which is perhaps identical with that of Amprosius in Einsiedeln MS 339 (CLA 7.877); it uses open a and a, d and , flat-topped g, h with the shaft occasionally bent to the left; barred z occurs (p. 280); ti ligature here and there for hard or soft ti; in the distinctly different hand on p. 97/98 the forms of g, r, and are noteworthy; the second p in ꝓpitii (p. 122) resembles North Italian cursive.


☛Y. Hen, Liturgical palimpsests, Bibliologia 26, 2007, p. 52 no. XV; earlier scripts: LDAB 8367–8379, 8432.

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