Skip to content

Volume / Number: 11 / 1639

CLA 1639
  • Madrid Spain Biblioteca Nacional 3307 (fol. 78)
Script Pre-Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII ex (776 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Origin uncertain. Written presumably in Burgundy or in Western Germany, to judge by palaeography. Noteworthy are the almost constant use of uncial R, the two branches of y leaning to the right, the spelling of ae for e in the original, and the marked separation of many words all of which suggest copying from an Insular exemplar. The manuscript in the middle of which our leaf is now bound probably originated at Metz between 820–828; it migrated to the abbey of Prüm in the Eifel about 828 and from there to Liège apparently in 922. In 1543 it was presented to 'Franciscus Monachi', probably a friar from Malines (cf. fol. 17, lower margin). It is not known when the manuscript reached its present home.

CLA Vol. 11
TM Number TM 67805
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Vetus, Pentateuchus (Vulgata, Nm 19–21).
Script Commentary

Script is a bold pre-Caroline minuscule: 'oc' a is the rule, but 'aaron' is written several times with two a's; d has two forms, mostly d; i-longa occurs often initially; N is occasionally suprascript and lying on its side (when space is short at line-end); r has two forms, capital R prevails (it also occurs in the eR ligature); y is short and has both branches curving to the right.

Facsimile URL
Last modified 02 August 2017