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Library Place Oxford
Library Name Bodleian Library
Shelfmark MS Auct. F.4.26 (S.C. 8868)
Folio Range Fragment (fly-leaf)
Date IX 2/4
  • Brittany (?)
  • Western Francia (?)



Fragment from a ninth-century Antiphonary.

Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

This important fragment is the fly-leaf of a thirteenth-century MS containing Ovid's Fasti. The fragment in question comes from a small antiphonary, dating probably from the ninth century (second third according to Kat. §3773; second quarter according to Rankin 2018: 101). The possible attribution to Brittany is based on the presence of Breton neumes—this fragment is indeed one of the earliest known examples of neumatic notation tout court (cf. Deuffic 2011: 71; Rankin 2018: 50, 151). However, we now know that the presence of this type of musical notation in ninth-century MSS can be taken at best as an indication of an origin somewhere in Western Francia, especially in the region west of Tours, including Brittany (cf. Rankin 2018: 99).

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog 3773
Essential bibliography

Deuffic 2011: 71; Huglo 1963: 67; ILLB In2; MMOL; PMSB 307 (§67); Rankin 2018: 36 (n. 140), 50, 99, 101, 151–2, 355 (plate of fol. 1).

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Last Updated 2021-05-12 09:53:00
Author Jacopo Bisagni
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