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Beinecke MS 441 England [?], s. VIII/IX
Bede, Expositio in Lucae Evangelium (1 leaf)
//[in margin:] lx. [text:] Non est. Enim arbor bona quae ... [Luke 6.43].
Contra hypocritam quae ceperat exsequitur si ueram inquit...[in margin:] lx1ii.
[text:] Quid autem uocatis me ... [Luke 6.46]. Ac si aliis uerbis ita
Bede, Expositio in Lucae Evangelium, including Luke 6.43-46; D. Hurst,
ed., CC ser. lat. 120 (1960) pp. vi, 149-51; M. L. W. Laistner and H. H. King,
A Hand-list of Bede Manuscripts (Ithaca, 1943) p. 46.
Parchment, 1 f., trimmed along outer column with some loss of text, 380 x
230 (written space reconstructed to approximately 300 x 210) mm. 2 columns, 31
lines. Ruled in hard point on flesh side; single vertical bounding lines.
Prickings along edge of inner column. Written in elegant Anglo-Saxon minuscule,
with rubrics in which A and S are majuscule. Biblical passages, in red,
are inset in columns.
Written at the end of the 8th or beginning of the 9th century in England or in
an Anglo-Saxon center in Germany (E. A. Lowe, CLA, II.200; Supplement, p. 47).
Two other leaves of the same manuscript are presently in Hanover, Ketsner-Museum
CUL. I. 71/72 (393/394); see CLA, Supplement, no. **220. Belonged to Wilfred
Merton (1889-1957; MS 42); his sale (Breslauer's, Cat. 90, 1958, no. 2 and pl.
XXIII,2). Purchased from H. P. Kraus in 1959 by Mark Lansburgh (see his An
Illustrated Check-List of Manuscript Leaves in the Collection of Mark
Lansburgh [Santa Barbara, 1962] no. 2, pl. 2). Acquired from Goldschimidt's
in 1964 as the gift of Edwin J. Beinecke.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 24, no. 2 (while in Lansburgh collection).
J. Mallon, et al., L'Ecriture latine (Paris, 1939) pl. 48, fig. 72.
T. E. Marston, "A Collection of Early Manuscript Leaves," Gazette 39
(1965) p. 9.
Barbara A. Shailor