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Library Place Paris
Library Name BnF
Shelfmark MS Lat. 4839
Folio Range Whole MS (51 fols)
Date X
  • England (?)
  • Francia (?)

Collection of Philibert de la Mare (1615–1687)

  • Priscian, Periegesis, with abundant marginal scholia (1r-20r)
  • Marcus Aurelius Nemesianus, Cynegetica (20v-26r)
  • Serenus Sammonicus, Liber medicinalis (26r-48r)
  • Blank folios (48v-51v).
Old Breton Materials Yes
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials Yes
Connection with Brittany

Deuffic (PMSB 309, §78) describes this codex as a 'manuscrit composite', but this does not seem to be the case. As for this manuscript's origin, although in Bischoff's Katalog (Kat. III, p. 103) it is ascribed to tenth-century England, this attribution is explicitly rejected by Ebersperger (1999: 198–9), who proposes instead that it was written somewhere in Francia. It is especially notable that the scholia to Priscian's Periegesis contain six glosses in Old Breton (DGVB 439–40). Although there does not seem to be any conclusive evidence that this MS was actually written in Brittany, we may nonetheless hypothesise that these glosses—and perhaps the whole text of the Periegesis—were copied from a Breton exemplar: indeed, some glosses contain a strong Breton diagnostic feature, i.e. the abbreviation ɔ-c for contra (cf. Lemoine 1985: 50; see also Lemoine 2008: 190–1, and the entry for Rome (Città del Vaticano), BAV, in the present Handlist). Interestingly, it has been suggested that these glosses could ultimately derive from an Irish archetype (Van de Woestijne 1949–50: 133, n. 2; Szerwiniack 1992–3: 19–20).

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog No number; vol. III, 103
Essential bibliography

ASM 637 (§884); BnF Archives et Manuscrits; DGVB 339–40 (Appendice II); Ebersperger 1999: 198–9 (§58); Lambert 1989: 83–4; Lemoine 1985: 49–51, 290; PMSB 309 (§78); Schrijver 2011: 9; Smith 1992: 172 (n. 106); Szerwiniack 1992–3: 19–20; Van de Woestijne 1949–50; Van de Woestijne 1953.

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Last Updated 2021-06-07 14:44:11
Author Jacopo Bisagni
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