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Volume / Number: 11 / 1589

CLA 1589
  • Budapest Hungary National Széchenyi Library Cod. Lat. Med. Aevi 441 (foll. 1–2)
  • Budapest Hungary University Library Fragm. Lat. 1
Script Anglo-Saxon Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written in South England or in a German scriptorium under Anglo-Saxon influence. The ascription to York is a mere conjecture without evidence. Noteworthy are the words 'EPISCO' at the end of the colophon. The fragments were all used in bindings, with the following titles still showing: 'Das Leben Konigin Magdalena. 1625 Inspruck' (on the Budapest Museum fragment), 'Latine. 256. L Mirabilia urbis Romae' (Budapest University fragment), and 'Nicolai Macchiavelli historia. 1610. Argentorati' (Berlin fragment). Jacob Grimm acquired the Berlin bifolium from 'Hassenpflug', probably the Johann Hassenpflug who was Stadtschultheiss in Hanau and later Regierungsdirektor in Kassel.

CLA Vol. 11
TM Number TM 67754
Support Parchment
Contents Beda, Vita S Cuthberti Metrica (fragm.).
Script Commentary

Script is a neat and expert Anglo-Saxon minuscule of a distinct type practised in South England and in German centres under Anglo-Saxon influence: long descenders are striking; a and d have two forms; e is theta-shaped; has a pointed chest; i occurs subscript; the stem of final often ends in a comma-like thickening; the ti ligature resembles q with a horn at the top.


☛Bischoff, Katalog 1 no. 347.

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