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CLA 257
  • Oxford United Kingdom Bodleian Library MS. Selden Supra 30 [S.C. 3418]
Script Uncial
Date VIII¹ (701 - 750)
Origin and Provenance

Written in England, probably in a Kentish centre, to judge by the script. Belonged to St Augustine's, Canterbury: the old shelfmark (saec. XIV) appears on fol. 1; the MS is recorded in the oldest catalogue. May have come there from Minster Abbey, Thanet. Apparently once in the possession of a nunnery (cf. prayers added on page 70, originally left blank); the letters EADB and +E+ cut with a stylus on page 47 may refer to Eadburga, Abbess of Minster (†751).

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66343
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum (Act).
Script Commentary

Script is an artificial uncial of the type practised in England; written by two different scribes, the first more expert and calligraphic. Half-uncial frequent at line-ends and even in mid-line; is in ligature by the second hand resembles y. The pointed bow of uncial A with the hair-line recalls the uncial type found in London Cotton Vespasian A. I. (CLA 2.193). The forms of capital A used by the second hand are striking (cf. page 73). Neumes occur.


☛Brown, In the Beginning No. 54.

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