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Volume / Number: 10 / 1504

CLA 1504
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  • Vienna Austria Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Lat. 1861 (Theol. 652)
Script Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII ex (ante 795) (776 - 794)
Origin and Provenance

Written at the order of Charlemagne and doubtless in the Palace School as a present for Pope Hadrian (†795), mainly by the calligrapher Dagulf. The early history of the manuscript is unknown. It is probably to be identified with a 'psalter of Charlemagne' which in 1065 came from the abbey of Limburg to Speyer, and it seems also identical with the golden psalter given in 1065–1066 by Emperor Henry IV to Archbishop Adalbert of Breman. It remained in the cathedral at Bremen probably until the middle of the seventeenth century. It is first recorded in the Vienna library in 1669. The ivory tablets which originally belonged to the manuscript are now preserved in the Louvre. The manuscript constitutes a milestone in the history of Caroline minuscule.

CLA Vol. 10
TM Number TM 67692
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Contents Testamentum Vetus, Psalterium (Vetus Latina, Ps).
Name Psalterium Karoli Magni. Dagulf Psalter.
Script Commentary

Script, by Dagulf and one other scribe (foll. 146 ff.), is a graceful and well-developed Caroline minuscule: Dagulf uses a and open a, the other scribe almost regularly a; hardly any ligatures besides &, ex, NT, and st.

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