St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 126
Lowe Elias Avery, Codices Latini Antiquiores. A palaeographical guide to latin manuscripts prior to the ninth century. Part VII: Switzerland, Oxford 1956 (Osnabrück 1982), p. 22.
Manuscript title: , Commentarius in Matthaeum
Date of origin: Saec. VIII ex.
Support: Parchment often defective.
Extent: Foll. 198
Format: ca. 235 x 150 mm.
Foliation: Paginated 3-399 (numbers 145 and 251 are repeated, 215 is omitted; many narrow strips used for entering additions are inserted arter pp. 36, 40, 56, 64, 66, 92, 100, 112, 114, 120, 149, 203, 228, 383 - all unnumbered except the one after p. 100; pp. 1/2 and 400/401 are paper fly-leaves)
Collation: Gatherings mostly of eight, with flesh-side normally outside, signed with Roman numerals in the middle of the lower margin of the last page.
Page layout: (185-196 x 115-120 mm.) in 22-25 long lines. Ruling hefore folding, normally on the flesh-side, 2 or more bifolia at a time. Double or single bounding lines in both margins. Prickings in the outer margin guided the ruling.
Writing and hands:
- Alemannic and anglo-saxon minuscule.
- Punctuation: various pauses marked by a medial point or comma in the Insular parts only. Omissions are marked by signes de renvoi and often supplied on inserted slips. Citations marked by a comma or by one or two flourishes to the left of each line.
- Abbreviations hardly differ in the Continental and Insular parts; they include b;,q; = bus, que; auꞇ and au = autem; ƀ = ber and bis; ee, ē = esse, est; m, m' and ꝳ (also with looped cross-stroke) = men, mus; n̄ = non; nr, nr̄m = noster, nostrum; om = omnes; ꝑ, p, ꝓ, pp = per, prae, pro, propter; qđ (and quđ), quō = quod, quoniam; rt, r̄ = rum, runt; ꞇ̄, ꞇ͗ = ter, tur.
- Ink dark brown.
- Script or the main part, by several scribes, is the broad roundish minuscule of the Alemannic type: two forms of a are used, the open prevailing; z is strikingly tall; the nt-ligature occurs often in mid-word; an Anglo-Saxon scribe showing the effect of long residence on the Continent wrote side by side with his Alemannic confrères, starting in the middle of a sentence (see pp. 244-305, 345-396).
- Colophons and headings in hlack simple or hollow fancy capitals or in red or black uncial.
- Simple uncoloured initials show the fish and leaf motifs in the early St. Gall style; the larger initial C on p. 296 is in diluted Insular style (see plate).
Additions: Corrections by contemporary and later hands; probationes pennae saec. VIII-IX occur on pp. 3-7, 397-399, originally left blank. An Old High German gloss stalo over armariolum on p. 279.
Origin of the manuscript: Written no doubt at St. Gall, to judge by the script and initials. The presence there of an Anglo-Saxon scribe, or one familiar with Anglo-Saxon script, is noteworthy.