MS. Canon. Misc. 353
Summary Catalogue no.: 19829
Rabanus Maurus, De computo; Germany, Fulda, 9th century, second quarter
Ruled, but blank except for pen-trials. Transcribed as part of a detailed study by W. M. Stevens, ‘A ninth-century manuscript from Fulda: MS. Canonici Miscellaneous 353’, BLR, 9 (1973–78), 9–16; reprinted in his collected studies, Cycles of time and scientific learning in medieval Europe (Aldershot, 1995), Ch. VII; drawing heavily on his ‘Fulda scribes at work: Bodleian Library Manuscript Canonici Miscellaneous 353’, Bibliothek und Wissenschaft, 9 (1972), 287–316.
Composed at Fulda in AD 820. Ed. W. M. Stevens, CCCM 44 (1979) 199–321.
Added astrological/calendrical notes
List of solar regulars
Two series of notes on the Ides and Nones of the month
The title (only) of a set of rules
Ruled in blind for 30 lines per page. Ruled space 180 × 95–100 mm.
Caroline minuscule. Analysed in detail by Stevens, who differentiates ‘three mature Fulda hands … two mature non-Fulda hands … and six other novices’. He shows, from the use of some Insular forms and some misreadings, that the exemplar was written in Insular script.
Italian 18th-century (before 1761) plain undecorated parchment over pasteboards, with overlapping fore-edges. The endpapers block printed with reserved foliate designs on a ground of red, blue, and yellow. The spine with a red leather title-piece lettered in gilt capitals ‘IUVEBAN | PECCAT. | MACH. MO | DE COMP | COD. M’: the first word is a misreading of the prologue incipit, in which Hrabanus’s name has an ‘ra’ ligature.
Provenance and Acquisition
Stevens (who had advice from Bernhard Bischoff, and compared the script to several dated examples, including charters in the Fulda Cartulary) dated the MS. to ‘the decade before A.D. 836’; Bischoff seems to have accepted this: Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts, II: Laon–Paderborn (Wiesbaden, 2004), p. 362 no. 3790: ‘Fulda, spätestens 836’.
Jacopo Soranzo, -1761; the 4th item under no. 744 in the catalogue of his library; Stevens records that traces of a Soranzo shelfmark, no longer present, were still visible on the lower spine.
Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2021-03-09: Revised description by Peter Kidd for Polonsky German digitization project.