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Library Place Paris
Library Name BnF
Shelfmark MS Lat. 258
Folio Range Whole MS (161 fols)
Date IX 3/3
  • Brittany (?)
  • Normandy
  • Fécamp?
  • Mont-Saint-Michel?
  • Jerome, Letter to Pope Damasus (acephalous) ()1r-2r)
  • Jerome, Preface to the four Gospels (2r-4r)
  • Eusebius, Letter to Carpianus (4r-v)
  • Jerome, Second letter to Pope Damasus (5r)
  • Preface and capitula to Matthew's Gospel (5r-7r)
  • Depiction of the Crucifixion (8r)
  • Ailerán, Poem on the Gospel canons, inc. Quam in primo spetiosa quadriga (8v)
  • Canon tables (9r-16r)
  • Drawing of Christ (16v)
  • Gospel of Matthew (17r-55r)
  • Gospel of Mark, preceded by preface and capitula (55r-81r)
  • Gospel of Luke (lacunose), preceded by preface and capitula (81v-120r)
  • Gospel of John, preceded by preface and capitula (121r-152v)
  • Capitulare evangeliorum (incomplete) (153r-161v).
Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials Yes
Connection with Brittany

This MS is confidently attributed to Brittany in Kat. §3972, and, according to EBGB 12 (n. 2), Bischoff considered Latin 258 to be particularly close to the 'Bradfer-Lawrence' Gospel-book (Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 45-1980, a MS possibly or probably but not certainly written in Brittany). Moreover, the same scholar also pointed out that the parchment of this MS has a certain 'stiffness', similar to that of another (probably) Breton Gospel-book, namely Paris, BnF, Latin 264 (and cf. Kat. §3978). Moreover, it is notable that this MS contains a copy of the poem on the Eusebian canons that has been attributed to the Irish author Ailerán (the poem presents here a partially trimmed marginal attribution eranus dicit, probably standing for [Ail]eranus dicit); the same text can be found in another Breton Gospel-book: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Auct. D.2.16. It should also be pointed out that neumes—possibly of the 'Breton' kind—were added, perhaps during the tenth or eleventh century, on fol. 49v and 53v (ILLB In21, p. 54).

Pending a more detailed palaeographical and iconographic analysis of this MS, we can provisionally consider Lat. 258 as the possible (or even probable) product of a Breton scriptorium, although one should also be aware of the issues on date and origin discussed in Simpson (McKee) 1999: 283–5 (cf. also Kitzinger 2013, p. 39–40, n.5, where this MS is described as 'a gospel attributed to tenth-century Fécamp').

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog 3972
Essential bibliography

BNCG I, 95; BnF Archives et Manuscrits; EBGB 12 (n. 2), 13 (n. 1); Fleuriot 1983: 104; ILLB In21; Kitzinger 2013b: 39–40 (n. 5); Lemoine 2008: 193; PMSB 308 (§72); Simpson (McKee) 1999: 283–5, 289–90.

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Last Updated 2021-06-07 14:39:07
Author Jacopo Bisagni
DHBM Identifier #126
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