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Volume / Number: 11 / 1665

CLA 1665
  • Princeton, N. J. USA Princeton University Libr. W. H. Scheide Collection M 69
Script Pre-Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written presumably in North Italy, to judge by its palaeography. Now deposited with the Scheide Collection in the Princeton University Library.

CLA Vol. 11
TM Number TM 67820
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Vetus, Pentateuchus (Vulgata, Dn 3.98–4.18, 7.2–21).
Script Commentary

Script is pre-Caroline minuscule employing numerous cursive ligatures by a scribe with poor co-ordination; letters are angular and vary in direction: a and d have two forms; i-longa regularly used initially and medially, even before another ascender (Illius); the te ligature is frequent; r in ligature with a following vowel or with a following r or s is tall and descends well below the line; the e in the ei ligature leans strangely to the right; peculiar is the nt ligature in which the t is represented by a somewhat sinuous flourish attached to the foot of the second stroke of n. A noteworthy phenomenon is the scribe's distinguishing the soft and hard sounds of ti in the following singular manner: for soft ti he uses the form of the ligature ti, but here, unlike in Beneventan, it represents tz and is followed by letter i, a feature of several Italian charters and of the eighth-century Jerome, Ivrea Biblioteca Capitolare 183 (formerly Vercelli CLXXXIII) (CLA 4.469); for the hard ti he uses the conjoined form, as does the Beneventan scribe.

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