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Volume / Number: 4 / **462

CLA **462
  • Naples Italy Biblioteca Nazionale Lat. 2 (foll. 112–139)
  • Turin Italy Biblioteca Nazionale F.IV.25 (fol. 21 bis / binding)
  • Turin Italy Biblioteca Reale Varia 186 bis
Script Quarter-Uncial
Date V (401 - 500)
Origin and Provenance

Written most likely in Italy. Later belonged to Bobbio, along with the Naples Sacerdos, with which it agrees in script and dimensions and with which it probably formed one volume (the Turin and Naples MSS of Probus, however, are distinct). Was dismembered and used for binding purposes: one leaf became fly-leaf of MS G. V. 4, containing Paulus Diaconus on the Rule of St Benedict (No. 21 in the Bobbio inventory of 1461), from which it was removed in the nineteenth century; next appeared in the R. Accademia delle Scienze; later reunited to G. V. 4, with which it perished in the fire of 1904. The fragments in the Biblioteca Reale, which were used to patch leaves of a monastic Breviary, have apparently gone astray; they could not be found in September, 1938.

CLA Vol. 4
TM Number TM 66501
Support Parchment
Contents Probus, Catholica (fragm.); Claudius Sacerdos, Artes Grammaticae.
Script Commentary

Script is a rapid, expert, almost cursive small half-uncial, known as quarter-uncial, of the same type as the Bobbio Probus and Sacerdos in Naples Lat. 2, foll. 76 ff. and 112 ff. (CLA 3.397a and 398): d has the uncial form; the oblique stroke of N is almost horizontal; u is cup-shaped or a mere flourish when suprascript; i after r or has the long form; the shafts of b and l have a tendency to bend back; o often inclines to the right, as in Milan, Ambros. G. 82 sup. (CLA 3.344a).


☛Formerly Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale G.V.4 (fly-leaf). ☛Formerly Vienna, Hofbibliothek 16 (foll. 112–139). S1 pp. 353–4. ☛Contrary to what was stated in the main entry, only the fly-1eaf of MS. G. V. 4 perished in the fire of 1904. Cf. M. Ferrari, 'Spigolature bobbiesi', Italia medioevale e umanistica 16 (1973) 9, no. 6.

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