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Marston MS 138 Western France, s. IX 2/3-3/4
Priscian, Institutiones (fragment)
ff. 1r-2v //Plautus in rudente: homunculi quanti estis eiecti ut
natant...preterea haec beta malua hic betaceus. maluaceus. Explicit
liber tertius artis prisciani gramatici caesarensis. Incipit liber quatus
[sic] de denominativo.// ff. 3r-4v //do. ut dulcis. dulcedo. acris.
acredo. sin a uerbis secundarum terminationes personarum...obseruare ut
supradictum est. Vnde liber libertas.//
Two bifolia containing the conclusion of Bk. III (chs. 34-44) and part
of Bk. IV (chs. 9-20); H. Keil, ed., Grammatici latini (Leipzig,
1855-80) v. 1, 109.1-116.2 and 122.18-128.16. Marston MS 138 cited
by M. Gibson, "Priscian, Institutiones grammaticae: A Handlist of
Manuscripts," Scriptorium 26 (1972) p. 116, and M. Passalacqua, I
codici di Prisciano (Rome, 1978) p. 193, no. 431. The text here is
accompanied by modest contemporary interlinear glosses, primarily in Latin
with a few in Breton. Notes in outer margins, trimmed.
Parchment (thick), ff. 4 (two bifolia), 315 x 215 (260 x 168) mm. 31
long lines. Single vertical and horizontal bounding lines; ruled in hard
point with a blunt instrument.
Perhaps originally a quire of 6 leaves, with the inner bifolium now
Written in elegant caroline minuscule script. Heading on f. 2v in rustic
Heading touched with red and enclosed in a red rectangle. Initial
letters stroked with red or yellow (faded).
Leaves stained and affected by pen trials.
Unbound; boxed. Two disbound bifolia originally cut in at five supports and
kettle stitches. Discoloration from turn-ins and traces of boss attachments.
Written in Western France in the second or final third of the 9th century
according to B. Bischoff (letter on file); leaves removed from
unidentified binding. Purchased from B. M. Rosenthal in 1957 by Thomas E.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 80, no. 138.
Barbara A. Shailor