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Volume / Number: 5 / 592

CLA 592
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Lat. 10233
  • Bern Switzerland Burgerbibliothek F 219 (3)
Script Uncial and Half-Uncial
Date VII ex. (676 - 700)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably in Spain, to judge by Spanish symptoms in the original hands, the presence of early Visigothic marginalia and additions, and a certain resemblance to Paris Lat. 9533 (see CLA 5.587) and Autun 107 + Paris Lat. Nouv. Acq. 1629, both apparently written in Spain. Migration to South Italy is suggested by the Beneventan probationes pennae. In the Paris part there is a great gap between quires 17 and 24, only partially filled by the 18 Bern folios. Came from the cathedral of Chartres, where it probably constituted the item described in its old catalogue under No. 60. Brought by Dom Poirier to the Bibliothèque Nationale in 1793.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 66723
Support Parchment
Contents Oribasius, Synopsis; Rufus, De Podagra; Varia Medica.
Script Commentary

Uncial script is stately but not very expert: uncial A has a very narrow loop; the upper bow of B is small and triangular; the eye of uncial E is often closed; the tail of G is a thin down-stroke; the second bow of uncial M is often higher than the first; the top of T has a pendant finial at either end; LL often run together; Y is long and often dotted; descenders are markedly long. A somewhat more graceful uncial hand wrote fol. 272. The half-uncial script on foll. 273v–279 is rather artificial and fond of serifs: open a is roundish and leans back; the thick pillar-like down-stroke of F has a thin capital; seems squelched and often rests on the line; n is minuscule; the top of forms a small loop to the left; i after r and t rises slightly above the line and leans back. A very tiny Visigothic hand saec. VIII entered in the margins the names of medical drugs (foll. 13v, 18v, 21–53, 75, 82v, 83) and several receipts on fol. 273. Beneventan probationes pennae saec. XI are found in the margin of fol. 97; a note in Arabic on fol. 36 upper margin and in the left margin of fol. 205v; other marginalia passim in Caroline minuscule saec. X or XI, often preceded by a curious monogram 'Nota'.

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