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CLA 39
  • Vatican City Italy Biblioteca del Vaticano Lat. 5763 (foll. 3–80) [palimpsest new]
Script Cursive Minuscule
Date VIII med (726 - 775)
Origin and Provenance

Written in North Italy. Given to Bobbio by Boniprandus—the dedicatory verses in a tenth-century hand are on fol. 3. The MS was No. 104 in the Bobbio inventory of 1461. Came to the Vatican Library ca. 1618 in the pontificate of Paul V (1605–21). A twin MS is Wolfenbüttel, Weissenburg 64 (CLA 9.1386).

CLA Vol. 1
TM Number TM 66134
Support Parchment
Contents Isidorus, Etymologiae (1.3.9–5.30.17).
Script Commentary

Fol. 30 contains Galen in Greek uncial saec. VII; other leaves of this Greek MS are in Wolfenbüttel Weiss. 64. Non-palimpsest are foll. 1–2, originally the cover, and foll. 41–48; all now unbound. Numerous initials in outline uncoloured, with the fish and fan motif, resembling the initials in the upper script of the Verona Gaius and suggesting Frankish models. On fol. 53v initial M is filled in with black with superimposed minium dots recalling Insular types. Script is rapid cursive minuscule of the North Italian type under Merovingian influence. There are two distinct hands. Suprascript a and u are frequent, the sickle-shaped u occurs even on the line, i-longa is used medially and initially. The st ligature is unmistakably North Italian.


☛See CLA 9.1386 for lower script.

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