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音樂藝術、中世紀與文藝復興時期手稿及歐陸古籍

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Carolingian Bible fragment, in Latin
[GERMANY, 9TH CENTURY (EARLY?)]
c.360x220mm, vellum, an incomplete leaf (one side cropped with the loss of the margin and a few mm of text), ruled on the verso for 2 columns of 33 lines, with double vertical rulings to each side of each column, the horizontals not crossing the intercolumnar space except for the top and bottom line, the ruled space c.270x175mm, the text comprising I Chronicles 26:21–27:5 (‘[Le]dan principes … in fastos regis’), with at least four interlinear corrections/emendations (e.g. above 27:11 ‘de filiis Jemini’, here spelled ‘Gemini’, is added ‘stirpe’), with a red chapter number ‘xxi’ between the columns adjacent to 26:30; both double and single ‘i’ have occasionally been dotted, perhaps in the later 12th or 13th century; recovered from use as a binding, with spine-titles dated 1608 and 1610, with consequent traces of glue on the recto and wear and darkening on the verso, and wear/erasure of the ‘spine’ area, but with very little loss of text and almost entirely legible
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Provenance
The leaf was used as a wrapper for a book printed in 1608 at the Imperial Abbey at Kaisheim, in Bavaria, and has the ownership inscription of the Jesuit College at Neuburg an der Donau (about 20 mile east of Kaisheim) dated 1622. It therefore seems that the book was bound in this area, about half-way between Augsburg and Nuremberg. The Jesuit College was on the site of a Benedictine monastery, originally founded in 976 and refounded in 1002: the Bible from which this leaf comes may therefore have belonged to the monastery.

The most distinctive feature of the script is the thickening (or ‘clubbing’) of ascenders: this can be compared, for example, to the dedicatory poem by the scribe Godescalc at the end of the Evangeliary he completed at Aachen in 783 (Paris, BnF, ms lat.1203), but the script and its layout has most of the features of fully-fledged Caroline minuscule, such as the rounded forms of many letters, and generous line-, word-, and letter-spacing, resulting in a very legible script.

音樂藝術、中世紀與文藝復興時期手稿及歐陸古籍

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