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Codicology:Vellum, 285 x 190 mm, (11.2 x 7.2 in.), ff. 170 + 2,
23 lines to a page. Cent. viii (Bradshaw), in a large
resembling the MS. Bibl. Nat. Lat. 3836: see Palaeographical Society 1st series,
plates 8, 9.
1 flyleaf, i8 (wants 1) ii8-vi8 (1 replaced in
cent. ix) vii8-x8 xi4
xii8-xvii8 (+ 6*) xviii8-xxi8 xxii6,
Provenance:Is the book from a monastery or church of St
Additions:Lines are ruled with a dry point on the recto: a vertical line down each
Additions:An erasure of some length at top of f. 1r. The inscription was in
small capitals of cent. xi, and began
“LIBER SC ... AM ... S”
. It extends
across the top of the page and is continued at the side, where are perhaps 2½ words
... S / M ... STS / ...”
. I fear it is irrecoverable.
Research:The manuscript is the oldest complete copy of the Hexameron of Ambrose. It is thus described by C.
Schenkl in the Vienna edition of Ambrose 1896, I xxxiv:
“Cantabrigiensis collegii Corporis Christi 193 (C) litteris Langobardicis scriptus, formae
oblongae, foliorum 173 saeculi viii. in quaternione sexto folium primum exsectum atque in eius
locum alterum manu saeculi viiii scriptum substitutum est. in singulis paginis uersus uiceni
terni leguntur. Correctus est hic liber duabus manibus quarum prior (m 2) eiusdem fere cuius
prima aetatis est, altera (m 3) ad saeculum viiii referenda.”
A manuscript note in the College Library copy of Nasmith's Catalogue records Dr
Traube's opinion that this manuscript is of cent. viii-ix, and was
written at Corbie. Professor W. M. Lindsay
confirms this and adds that it is written in the Corbie
Additions:On the margin of f. 148v are about 6 lines
of writing running the length of the page: erased and indecipherable by me.
Additions:At top of f. 163r is scribbled
Additions:There are many scribbles on the final
page (f. 170v), some with neumes, e.g.:
Secundum quod ipse dixit. Ego dormiui et somnum cepi
On the flyleaf at the end (f. iir) are fragments of
pencil sketches (xiii-xiv), a tumbler, a beast's head etc. in very good
Foliation: ff. a-b + i + 1-170 + ii + c-d
Title in six lines of large capitals drawn in outline and washed with red, yellow,
IN NOMINE DI / PATRISOMNI / PoTENTIS INCiPiunT / LIBRI EXAMERON / ID EST SEX
DIERUM / SCI AMBROSI (I erased) EPIS /
First two lines in uncials now black, formerly red or silver
Initial formed of three fish
Dies II with title in capitals as before
the supplied leaf of cent. ix
Discedente aqua conueniebat
As beginning a new section
Ends with colophon in red capitals
EXP. DE. RERU. PRINCiPIIS DIES. UI. B.