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Beinecke MS 440 Northern Italy, s. VII/VIII
//monumenti. Maria autem magdalenae et maria joseph aspiciebant...et sermonem
confirmante sequentibus signis. Amen.//
Mark 15.46-16.20; text is continuous.
Parchment, ff. 2 (bifolium), 327 x 236 (265 x 197) mm. 2 cols., 19 lines.
Ruled in hard point on flesh side before folding; impression of ruling has
sometimes cut through parchment; single vertical bounding lines. Prickings
(slashes) in upper, lower, and outer margins; those in upper margin close to
first line of text. Written in large uncial script, with very fine strokes
for vertical lines of N and for triangular shaped bow of a. Unpainted
initial, 2-line, on f. 1r, with rope and fish motif.
Written at the end of the 7th or beginning of the 8th century in Northern Italy
(E. A. Lowe, CLA, II.142; Supplement, pp. 45-46); early provenance unknown.
Belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 1329, pp. 11-14 only) who apparently
acquired it from the bookseller Royer or from the collection of Amans-Alexis
Monteil (1769-1850). Sotheby sale, 23 Feb. 1959, lot 229a. Purchased the
same year from H. P. Kraus by Mark Lansburgh; his stamp in inner margin, f. 2r;
see An Illustrated Check-List of Manuscript Leaves in the Collection of Mark
Lansburgh (Santa Barbara, 1962) no. 1, pl. 1. Acquired from Goldschmidt's
in 1964 as the gift of Edwin J. Beinecke.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 24, no. 1 (while in Lansburgh collection).
P. McGurk, Latin Gospel Books from A. D. 400 to A. D. 800 (Paris, 1961)
pp. 26-27, no. 7.
T. E. Marston, "A Collection of Early Manuscript Leaves," Gazette 39
(1965) p. 8.
Barbara A. Shailor