Karolingisches Sakramentar Fragment. Codex Vindobonensis 958 der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek Faksimile-Ausgabe.

Graz- Austria: Akademische Druck u. Verlagsanstalt, 1971. A fine set in a very good leather clamshell case lettered and stamped decoratively in gilt, slightly toned at the edges and spine and lightly worn. Two volumes, consisting of a manuscript facsimile, printed in color and in gold and silver, and a text volume with black and white photographic reproductions. Both volumes are quartos, with the facsimile volume being [16] pp and the text volume being 28 pp. Text volume bound in printed white paper wrappers. Facsimile volume printed on simulated vellum. Item #16366

The facsimile of the Codex Vindobonensis 958 reproduces the ninth century Carolingian manuscript (named for the period of Emperor Charlemagne’s reign), which is thought to have been created in the Abbey of Saint-Amand in the north of France. While a Sacramentary is the book for a priest celebrant, containing all and only the words spoken by him, the present work is considered a “Sacramentary fragment,” as some of the portions are missing. On several leaves, the codex contains written text of the Canon Missae and two pages of text for the consecration of a sub-deacon, of which only a few words at the beginning are lost. The text was written in several script types by different hands, the Canon embellished with the use of gold ink. The major portion of the canon text was written out by a calligrapher in solemn uncials. The numerous remarks and glosses added in the margins and in between the lines reveal the diversity of the manuscript’s calligraphy and give the reader insight into its historical background. The pages containing the Canon text are surrounded by rectangular decorative frames in various patterns.

Franz Unterkircher’s commentary contains a general introduction and description of the codicological findings. He also describes various aspects of the manuscript and provides a list of bibliographical resources.

Price: $500.00

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