|Script||Half-uncial and Irish Majuscule|
|Contents||Augustinus, Collatio cum Maximino, contra Maximinum Libri II.|
Palimpsest, upper script (for the lower scripts, Cicero, Orationes in Rustic capital saec.V, ad Familiares in uncial saec. V-VI, and Livy in uncial saec. V (?). Foll 110 (foll. 113 in the entire MS.: foll. 1-2 represent a 'twelfth-century' restoration of the beginning of the MS.; fol. 113, containing Cyprian over Cicero in Verrem (C.L.A., 4.444, 4.445) was originally part of MS. G. V. 37 (No. 464); the MS. was taken apart and the leaves distributed in thirteen portfolios according to the contents of the lower script; fol. 5 was already missing in 1869 and on Livy leaf in 1871); ca. 230 X ca. 130-140 mm.
Written no doubt at Bobbio. Was number 19 in the inventory of 1461. Presented to a duke of Savoy in the first half of the seventeenth century. Came to the notice of scholars in 1820, when A. Peyron discovered the famous palimpsest of Cicero. Destroyed by fire in 1904.
Spelling and syllabification show Irish characteristics: possitum; adora-nt. In the Irish majuscule portion several sentences begin with several large letters which gradually diminish in size. At least four scribes worked on the manuscript. Script is partly half-uncial of a peculiar type, manifestly under Irish influenceÂit is seen in other Bobbio MSS. (cf. C.L.A., 3.362, 3.365)Âand partly Irish majuscule; ; one of the Irish hands has a trick of writing the last three lines of a page in a curious, rather slim minuscule with many ligatures taken from Italian cursive. Contemporary corrections by an Irish hand.
|Shelfmark||A. II. 2* (foll. 3-112).|