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Volume / Number: 8 / 1215

CLA 1215
  • Augsburg Germany Universitätsbibliothek I 2 4° 2
Script Anglo-Saxon Majuscule
Date VIII in (704 - 722)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably at Echternach, to judge by the script, and apparently for Laurentius, perhaps the scribe of Paris Lat. 10837, foll. 2–33 (CLA 5.605) and of Echternach charters dated 704–711; the acrostic and telestich of the verses on fol. 157v run: ‘Laurentius uiuat senio’. Towards the end of the tenth century the manuscript was decorated by the famous master of the Registrum Gregorii. Was in the hands of J. B. Maugérard apparently between 1785 and 1790. The entry ‘Ex libris A. Gaertler a. 1809’ stands on fol. 159. Later purchased by Prince Ludwig of Öttingen.

CLA Vol. 8
TM Number TM 67353
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vulgata, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).
Name Augsburg Gospels. Maihingen Gospels.
Script Commentary

Script is beautiful, regular Anglo-Saxon majuscule closely resembling that of Willibrord's Calendar (CLA 5.606a): uncial A with a triangular thorn-like bow occurs here and there; e is closely joined to the following letter; d and n are mostly minuscule, r regularly so; s has both uncial and minuscule forms; u is v-shaped at line-end; some ligatures, including fi, mo, os, occur at line-ends; the poem addressed to Laurentius (fol. 157v) is in a compressed majuscule verging on minuscule. Greek ψ occurs in a marginal reference on fol. 19: 'in ψal (= psalmo) XC'. A rectangular pattern repeating the words ‘evangelia veritatis’ is seen on fol. 2. Corrections in small Anglo-Saxon minuscule saec. VIII and ordinary minuscule saec. XI. Numerous Anglo-Saxon glosses incised in Anglo-Saxon minuscule show Continental influence. An added title in Rustic capitals on fol. 83 is in gold, another on fol. 123v is in silver. To the dignified simplicity of the Anglo-Saxon Gospels the Ottoman master of the Registrum Gregorii added miniatures of the Evangelists on inserted sheets. Only the portrait of St Mark survives and it still shows the offset of the initial group IN(itium); it is now MS 25 in the library of the Archiepiscopal Seminary at St Peter in the Black Forest.


☛CLA date (VIII¹) changed to follow Neitzer, Cultural Interplay in the eighth century. The Trier gospels and the making of a scriptorium at Echternach, Cambridge 1994, p. 115–6. ☛Formerly Harburg, Fürstlich Oettingen-Wallersteinsche Bibliothek I 2 4° 2.

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