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CLA 179
  • London United Kingdom British Library Add. MS 40618
Script Irish Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written in Ireland. The diminutive size of the MS suggests that it was one of the Gospel books worn in a cumdach. Came to England as early as saec. IX–X, when an Eduardus diaconus wrote the last page (fol. 66). Redecorated in South England, saec. X. An erased thirteenth-century ex-libris is seen on fol. 66v. Later owned by William Newman (1538), and by Robert Lancaster (1662). Acquired by the British Museum at Sotheby's in 1922.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66283
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Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Mt, Lc, Mc, Io, imperf.).
Script Commentary

Script is a small Irish minuscule written by several hands, one of which uses R consistently. In much of the MS the letters seem broken as if penned by an aged scribe.


☛McGurk, Gospel books no. 20.

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