Fragm. 1703: Beda Venerabilis, In Proverbia Salomonis





Fragm. 1703: Beda Venerabilis, In Proverbia Salomonis

[Olim kps. 11b]

Parchment, 1 bifolium, c. 32 × 26 + 22 cm; Germany (Helmarshausen), c. 1120-1130

Beda Venerabilis, In proverbia Salomonis, II

f. 1: II.xvi.15-II.xvii.1 ("///ma credendi in Christum semina … Melius est parva bona"; ed. Hurst 1983 p. 92, lin. 105-p. 94, lin. 2)

f. 2: II.xix.1-II.xix.13 ("torquens labia insipiens … intrinsecus. delebo inquit"; ed. Hurst 1983 p. 99, lin. 2-p. 101. lin. 77)

The cutting of the bifolium has caused loss of text in the outer columns of the first folio. A cutting in the upper margin has caused a loss of 3 textlines on all pages of the fragment. If the upper margin had the same measure as the lower margin, the folios of the manuscript were c. 7 cm higher than the fragment. – The lacuna between the two folios corresponds to the text of 1 bifolium

The Helmarshausen origin of the fragment was determined by Hartmut Hoffmann who also identified the scribe of Fragm.1703 with the A-hand of the Helmarshausen Gospel Book in the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Ms. Ludwig II 3

The fragment has been used as cover of accounts from the church of St. Olai in Elsinore (DK) for the years 1591-1592. It was transferred from the Danish National Archive to the Royal Library in 1922 (cf. note on f. 1v)

Bibl.: Hartmut Hoffmann, Bücher und Urkunden aus Helmarshausen und Corvey, Hannover 1992, p. 25f. & 30. - Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck in: Helmarshausen. Buchkultur und Goldschmiedekunst im Hochmittelalter, hg. von Ingrid Baumgärtner, Kassel 2003, p. 119. - Erik Petersen in: CREDO. Christianisierung Europas im Mittelalter, II: Katalog, Paderborn 2013, hg. von C. Stiegemann, M. Kroker & W. Walter, no. 300, p. 352

Erik Petersen