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CLA 562
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 5730
Script Uncial
Date V¹ (401 - 450)
Origin and Provenance

Written doubtless in Italy. Read at Avellino near Naples soon after the book was written. The MS probably belonged to the library of Corbie. A copy of it was made at Tours saec. VIII–IX which is now Vatic. Regin. Lat. 762 (CLA 1.109). The MS contained only foll. 1–469 when in the library of Dupuy; fol. 470, added in the seventeenth century, still bears part of a note in the hand of D. A. Le Michel: '. . . nobili exemplari superesse hic apud Corbiense cenobium.' One leaf now lost was once in the possession of Fulvio Orsini. A fifteenth-sixteenth-century press-mark stands at the top of fol. 1. Belonged to Cl. Dupuy: 'Claudii Puteani', whose son, Jacques Dupuy, left it to the Royal Library where it was numbered 5255 (see fol. 1).

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66692
Support Parchment
Contents Livius, Ab Urbe Condita (Decas 3).
Name Codex Puteanus.
Script Commentary

Script is a superbly calligraphic uncial of the oldest type: the bow of uncial A is pointed; the upper loop of B is small; the eye of uncial E is open and the tongue high; the tail of G is short; L is just rounded at the base-line; uncial M is broad and the first stroke is straight; N is broad; the axis of O is well inclined to the left; F, P, T are narrow; the crotch of Y is above the base-line, sometimes above the head-line; at line-ends uncial AE, NT, US, UR often occur in ligature; in the UI ligature the I is formed by prolonging the second stroke of U. Marginalia in very old (saec. V) cursive are seen on foll. 23v, 91, 107, 183v, and on other pages, now erased. A contemporary cursive hand entered at the end of certain books: 'recognobi abellini' (foll. 22, 225v) or 'recognobi ubiꞅ' (= ubi supra, fol. 127), 'recognobi uoꞅ' (fol. 77v) or simply 'recognobi' (foll. 281v, 342v, 442).


☛F. W. Shipley, Certain sources of corruption in Latin manuscripts (New York 1904).

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