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Volume / Number: 7 / 998

CLA 998
  • Schaffhausen Switzerland Stadtbibliothek MS Gen. 1
Script Irish Minuscule
Date VII–VIII (ante 713) (680 - 712)
Origin and Provenance

Written by Dorbbene, abbot or prior of Iona (†Oct. 713), whose subscription on p. 136 reads: 'quicumque hos virtutum / libellos columbae lege / rit pro me dorbbeneo / deum deprecetur, ut ui / tam post mortem ęter / nam possedeam'. Corrected in the ninth century in a Continental centre. Later belonged to the library of Reichenau: part of an erased ex-libris is seen at the foot of p. 1, 'Liber Aug . . .' (saec. XIII), and part of another is found in the top margin (saec. XVII). The manuscript was copied in 1621 by the Irish Jesuit Stephen White, who presumably brought it to Schaffhausen. It certainly left Reichenau before 1795.

CLA Vol. 7
TM Number TM 67143
Support Parchment
Contents Adamnanus, Vita S Columbae.
Name Schaffhausen Adomnán.
Script Commentary

Script is an early and vigorous Irish minuscule mixed here and there with majuscule forms: d and s have two forms; e often rises well above the head-line; the shoulder of r bends very low; y has two forms, both going below the line and one being typically Irish with both branches curving to the right; the oblique of z thrusts far below the line; in the ligature of ae the a is a small open bow; a and i occur subscript. Greek letters are used here and there and for the entire Latin colophon of Book 2 (p. 103). The Lord's Prayer in barbarous spelling was added in Greek uncial on p. 137, originally left blank. An important milestone in Irish calligraphy.

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