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CLA 174
  • London United Kingdom British Library Add. MS 31031
Script a-z Minuscule
Date VIII med (726 - 775)
Origin and Provenance

Written in North France, probably in the Laon area. Belonged in the fifteenth century to the monastery of Ottobeuren, Bavaria: the ex-libris on fol. 1 is in part erased. Bought in Paris at the A. Firmin Didot sale in 1879.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66278
Support Parchment
Contents Gregorius Magnus, Moralia in Iob (1–5.46).
Script Commentary

Script is a distinct French calligraphic type of pre-Caroline minuscule found in a small group of MSS from Laon and called a-z by its distinguishing letters (see CLA 128): d and q have an open bow when following e and o; the u following q has the form of an inverted cup; ligatures in i are frequent: ei, fi, gi, ri, ti (the hard sound only); the whole script leans to the left. Lines immediately after ornamental capitals are sometimes in half-uncial script, red and green lines alternating (foll. 1, 5v).

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