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Volume / Number: 8 / 1152

CLA 1152
  • Cologne Germany Dombibliothek 63
  • Cologne Germany Dombibliothek 65
  • Cologne Germany Dombibliothek 67
  • Cologne Germany Dombibliothek 97
Script Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (701 - 900)
Origin and Provenance

Written in North France in a convent of nuns, most likely the royal convent of Chelles near Paris, for the prelate Hildebald of Cologne: the inscription 'CODEX SCI PETRI SVB PIO PATRE HILDEBALDO SCRIPTVS' stands on fol. 1 of MSS 63 and 67. The same centre probably produced the following manuscripts: Ghent, Univ.-Bibl. 251 (teste W. Kohler), Munich CLM 29050 (CLA 9.1331), Oxford Douce 176 (CLA 2.238), Paris Lat. 1564 and 18282 (CLA 5.529 and 5.674), Quedlinburg Gymnasialbibl. 74 (CLA 9.1352), and St Gall Stiftsbibl. 435, a slightly later manuscript of Smaragdus. For modern history see CLA 8.1146; Darmstadt numbers were 2056, 2058, and 2060.

CLA Vol. 8
TM Number TM 67290
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Contents Augustinus, Enarrationes in Psalmos (1–99, 101–150).
Script Commentary

Script is early Caroline minuscule of a characteristic type: a is more frequent than open a; y is dotted; the ri ligature often resembles an n, prolonged below the line. The uncial characters used for headings and for the Psalm verses are in the distinctive type seen in the famous Gelasian Sacramentary (Vatic. Regin. Lat. 316, CLA 1.105) and in the group listed in CLA, 6, p. xxii: the two bows of M hang branch-like from the stem; the second upright of N leans to the left or both uprights incline towards each other. Capital Q at the beginning of sentences resembles a large 2 with an ample curl. Each scribe signs her name with the word 'scripsit' in the lower margin of the last page of her last quire; the following signatures survive (MS 65 being incomplete at the end): in MS 63 Girbalda (fol. 86v), Gislildis (fol. 174v), Agleberta (fol. 263v); in MS 65 Adruhic (fol. 73v), Altildis (fol. 151v), Gisledrudis (fol. 224v), Eusebia (fol. 289v); in MS 67 Vera (fol. 105v), Agnes (fol. 183v). A substantial part of a sister series (In Psalmos 101 ff.) written and signed by the same group of nuns is seen (teste W. Köhler) in Berlin Phillipps 1657 (for more details see under Cologne, Hist. Archiv GB. Kasten B, Nr. 155, possibly also a leaf in CLA 8.1170).


☛Bischoff, Katalog 1 no. 1897. ☛Kurz, Die handschriftliche Überlieferung p. 235-236.

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