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Volume / Number: S / 1671

CLA 1671
  • Malibu, Calif. USA Getty Museum MS Ludwig IV. 1
Script Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written in the Frankish area, probably in the last years before Charlemagne became emperor (cf. the heading ‘Pro iter agente vel quando ad regem pergis’ on fol. 109v), with the collaboration of a scribe who before had belonged to the court scriptorium. The ambitious book is an interesting though not quite successful attempt to imitate the manuscripts of the Ada group. Belonged successively to Joseph Barrois, to the Ashburnham Collection, to Charles Fairfax Murray, and from 1906 on to C. W. Dyson Perrins, Malvern; after the latter’s death it was acquired by the present owner.

CLA Vol. S
TM Number TM 67841
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vulgata, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).
Script Commentary

Script is Caroline minuscule by several hands (the hand which is seen on foll. 5 (line 5)–35, 36v–45v, 88v in part, and 92v seems to be identical with the second hand, foll. 66–73v, of the original codex of the Libri Carolini, Vatic. Lat. 7207 (CLA 1.52), now established as a manuscript produced at Charlemagne’s court): a prevails; the few ligatures include ed, eg, re, ri; capitals at the beginnings of sentences are rather tall, with the shaft often ending in a sharp point. The beginning of the final clause in many lessons is marked with a neume, the podatus. Corrections by a tenth-century hand. A few names, now mostly mutilated, were added by a hand saec. X or IX–X.


☛Formerly Aachen, Private collection Ludwig MS 2. ☛Bischoff, Katalog 2 no. 2512.

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