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Auction: Western Manuscripts and Miniatures
was auctioned on: 3 December 2019
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Compendium in Canticum Canticorum, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [northern Germany, late tenth century]

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
ca. US$3,861 - US$6,435
Price realised:  n. a.
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Compendium in Canticum Canticorum, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [northern Germany, late tenth century] cutting from a single leaf, with remains of double column of 15 lines of a notably angular and right-leaning late Carolingian minuscule (here with most of ch. 3 and the opening of ch. 4), using et-ligature integrally within words, remains of later medieval folio nos. in upper outer margin: cc[…] and cxlii , reused in a binding as a spine support, and hence with discolouration to sections once on spine of later book and small rectangles cut away to leave space for the thongs of that volume, scuffs to reverse removing much of text from spine section , some small holes and spots, later marginalia in seventeenth-century hand from period of reuse on binding, else fair and presentable condition, 172 by 215mm. The survival of this text among the works of Isidore of Seville (c. 560-636), in Escorial b.IV.17, caused its attribution to that author throughout much of the nineteenth century. However, it is elsewhere ascribed in the manuscript tradition to Alcuin in eight witnesses from the ninth century onwards, among whose minor writings it is occasionally found, as well as to Bede in two twelfth-century copies (and thus has the dubious honour of appearing in Patrologia Latina twice, in vols. 83 and 100 under the first and second authors here). The attribution to Alcuin is found in the earliest witnesses and is most probably correct, and has received recent support from R. Guglielmetti in his Alcuino, Commento al Cantico dei Cantici , 2004. Some twenty-eight manuscripts are recorded, not including the present fragment. All, apart this one, are in institutional ownership.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Title: Western Manuscripts and Miniatures
Date of the auction: 3 Dec 2019
Address: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
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