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CLA 554
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 3836
Script Corbie a-b Script
Date VIII² (751 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written at Corbie or in some neighbouring centre in the North of France. The manuscript belonged to Colbert in whose collection it was numbered 784. In 1732 it came into the Royal collection where it bore the number 3887.3.3.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66684
Support Parchment
Contents Collectio Canonum Sancti Blasii.
Script Commentary

Script is the peculiar North French type designated by its two distinguishing letters, open a and b; c is often broken-backed and rises above the line; the bow of d is open when connected with the preceding letter; e often goes well below the line when it begins a sentence; the lower bow of g is curiously compressed; h inclines somewhat to the left; o frequently resembles a small uncial and now and then it has a tag to the right; r goes below the line; s is short; y is short and dotted; suprascript a occurs; i-longa is used initially; the ti ligature has a characteristic form and is used for both hard and soft sounds; the tu ligature is frequent. The index of chapters is in characteristic 'Corbie' half-uncial. The Caroline hand on foll. 101v–104 uses a like two c's as well as the usual Caroline a; d and n have both uncial and minuscule forms; omission of m is marked by a curved stroke or a stroke with a dot above; y is dotted, with the first stroke curving to the right at the top—an Insular feature. Another contemporary Caroline hand entered on fol. 104: 'Habit codex iste sancti canonis quaternionis XIIII et folia quattuor et fiunt in summa folii cento sex.'

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