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Volume / Number: 3 / 303b

CLA 303b
  • Lucca Italy Biblioteca Capitolare 490 (foll. 32–211, 212–216, 233–287, 332–347)
Script Uncial and Mixed Pre-Caroline Minuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written no doubt at Lucca.

CLA Vol. 3
TM Number TM 92037
Support Parchment
Contents Isidorus, Chronicon, De Natura Rerum, De Officiis Ecclesiasticis; Liber Pontificalis; Gregorius Nazianzenus, Epistulae (Rescriptum ad Augustinum); Gennadius, De Viris Illustribus.
Script Commentary

Scripts represent a variety of types, for the most part hybrid and debased: uncial FF and LL run together (the uncial scribe of foll. 236 ff. used regularly minuscule b in NO, PR, etc.; he unexpectedly drops into b-d uncial on fol. 260, l. 20 continuing to the foot of the page); in the minuscule portions the shoulder of r often sweeps over the following letter; i-longa occurs; e in ligature often has the lower bow reversed, as in Insular cursive; ti ligature is used both for hard and soft ti; an interesting type, used by a scribe under Visigothic influence, who regularly writes uncial and G is seen on foll. 49, 71, 95, 119, 137, 153; this scribe certainly held a leading position in the scriptorium, and the attempt has been made to identify him with Bishop John I (780–800); the script of ‘III. De Malta' on fol. 211v seems to be identical with that of 'presbiter Danihel' whose signature is found in Lucca charters of the year 816; the uncial script on foll. 170–172, 175v–176, 202, and 332v–333, and the entries on foll. 273v and 287 are probably by the hand which wrote the Chronica Hieronymi in minuscule (see preceding item).


☛Bischoff, Katalog no. 2524. ☛V. Brown, B. Bischoff, Mediaeval Studies 47 (1985), p. 352. ☛L. Schiaparelli, Il codice 490 della biblioteca capitolare di Lucca (Rome, 1924). ☛Steffens, Paléographie latine, Pl. 48.

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