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CLA 178
  • London United Kingdom British Library Add. MS 40165 A.1
Script Uncial
Date IV ex (376 - 400)
Origin and Provenance

Written most likely in Africa. The leaves were used in the binding of a twelfth-century MS of biblical commentaries written in England. In the same MS was part of a bifolium of a vernacular martyrology in tenth-century Anglo-Saxon script, now Additional MS 40165 A.2. Came to the British Museum in 1921 from the library of the Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle. Other MSS of Cyprian showing a text of this family are all English.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66282
Support Parchment
Contents Cyprianus, Epistulae (55, 69, 74, fragm.).
Script Commentary

Script is an uncial of the oldest type: the first stroke of uncial M is a straight line (not a curve); the upper eye of uncial E is open and small; the upper stroke of extends well to the left; the base stroke of S is almost horizontal; the general impression is one of pleasant irregularity preceding the more perfect forms of a type which had reached maturity.


☛CLA first-edition provenance (Written probably in Italy or Africa) changed to follow second edition.

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