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Volume / Number: 3 / 391

CLA 391
  • Naples Italy Biblioteca Nazionale Lat. 2 [palimpsest new]
Script Irish Minuscule
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written doubtless at Bobbio, probably at the same time as the Charisius over Lucan (see CLA 3.400). On fol. 1 is the fifteenth-century Bobbio ex-libris 'Liber scꞇi columbani de bobio'. Removed probably by Parrhasius (†1522), passed later to Antonio Seripando (†1531), and from him to his brother Girolamo, Cardinal Archbishop of Salerno (†1563), who left his library to the Augustinians of S Giovanni a Carbonara, Naples. Removed to Vienna in 1717 and returned to Naples in 1919.

CLA Vol. 3
TM Number TM 66492
Support Parchment
Contents Hieronymus et Gennadius, De Viris Illustribus; Augustinus, Epistulae.
Script Commentary

Script is a finely penned, tiny Irish minuscule with frequent use of ri, ti, si (shaped like the normal fi ligature) and other i-ligatures; e with the reversed lower bow occurs in ligature. Simple but typical Insular initials in black, often enclosing one or two of the letters following. Some sections begin with a series of larger letters which gradually diminish in size, an Insular practice.


☛Formerly Vienna, Hofbibliothek 16.

Last modified 22 June 2017