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Volume / Number: 11 / 1624

CLA 1624
  • St Petersburg Russia Russian National Library Lat. O. v. I. 3
Script Cursive and Pre-Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII¹ (701 - 750)
Origin and Provenance

Written in North or North-east France, presumably at Corbie, the centre that produced Paris Lat. 17655 (CLA 5.671), whose Corbie provenance is ascertained by the thirteenth century. Bound in the eighth century with a Vulgate manuscript of Mark described in the preceding item (q.v.).

CLA Vol. 11
TM Number TM 67789
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vetus Latina, Mt 1.1–5.2).
Name Codex Corbeiensis primus.
Script Commentary

Script, apparently by more than one scribe, is mainly a rather well formed pre-Caroline minuscule based on half-uncial and is a precursor of the eN type (cf. CLA 5.647 and CLA 6, p. xxiv f.); the hand of the first pages containing the ‘Breves’ or Capitula permits many more ligatures of a type recalling the cursive minuscule of the Gregory of Tours, Paris Lat. 17655, saec. VII ex. (CLA 5.671): here and there b has the horizontal tag connecting it with the following letter as in the Corbie a-b type; d descends below the line; the shaft of h curves to the left: v-shaped y is short and dotted with both branches bending to the right (cf. CLA 5.647); noteworthy is the ui ligature which resembles an elongated S. In the Capitula each section begins with a few words in uncial or half-uncial or mixed script, with the letters often diminishing in size. An exorcism was entered on the last pages of our manuscript (foll. 76v ff.) and on the blank first page of the Vulgate manuscript of Mark described in the preceding item; it is written in slightly later uncalligraphic script with barbarous spelling (‘cugius’ for cuius, ‘progecit’, ‘co’ for quo, etc.).

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