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CLA 239
  • Oxford United Kingdom Bodleian Library MS. Douce f. 1 [S.C. 21999]
Script French Pre-Caroline Minuscule b-type
Date VIII² (751 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in Chelles, doubtless in the same scriptorium as Vatic. Regin. Lat. 316 (CLA 1.105). The leaves were removed from the binding of an early printed book, Douce 306, containing Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum Historiale from the press of Johannes Mentelin, Strasbourg 1473.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66331
Support Parchment
Contents Sacramentarium Gelasianum (fragm.).
Script Commentary

Script is a pre-Caroline type, the immediate precursor of the so-called Corbie a-b. Characteristic letters are the open b with a tag to the right, and the a, which is either suprascript or has the first stroke high above the line; uncial N used here and there has the cross-stroke curved so that the letter resembles M. The form of N used in the uncial rubric is that typical of the group represented by Vatic. Regin. Lat. 316 (CLA 1.105). The capital M in titles has the curious feature that the third stroke descends below the second, which is another peculiarity of this group.


☛CLA first-edition provenance (East or North-east France) changed to follow second edition. ☛Gamber, CLLA 850.

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