This description is a preliminary draft and is subject to change without notice
Uppsala University Library, Gr. 1 (Olim Sparwenfeldt 42)
Catena to the New Testament (Acts, Epistles of Paul, Catholic Epistles)
second half of the 13th c.second half of the 13th c.
ii, 220, i' ff.
225 × 170 mm
Foliation in pencil by a modern hand in the lower right margin: 1–220. Pagination in ink in the upper right margin of recto pages: 1–439.
Unit I:Traces of an older foliation in ink in the upper right margin: see e.g. f. 4r (Γʹ), f. 10r (θʹ). Most of these numbers are lost due to trimming.
Unit I:Q1If.2 + Q2IIf.6 + Q3Vf.16 + Q4IIIf.22 + Q53f.f.25: no thread visible due to adhesive at the spine + Q6IIf.29 + Q71/2f.32 + Q8IIf.36 + Q92/1f.39 + Q10–145.IVf.79 + Q15IIf.83 + Q16IVf.91
By way of restoration and rebinding, the order of the leaves and quires in unit 1 have ended up in great disarray. Extensive repair with new guards has resulted in anomalous bifolia, which fail to mirror the original state of the manuscript. Thus, the collation formula above only indicates the present state of the positioning of the leaves and sewing threads. The original order, however, was based on quaternions, except for the last quire which was a binion. The original quaternions would have had the leaves in the following sequence: ff. 2r–8v (first leaf of this quaternion is lost); ff. 1r–1v, 9r–15v; ff. 16r–23v; ff. 24r–29v, 32r–32v, 31r–31v; ff. 30r–30v, 37r–37v, 33r–33v, 35r–35v, 36r–36v, 34r–34v, 38r–38v, 39r–39v; ff. 64r–72v; ff. 40r–47v; ff. 48r–55v; ff. 56r–63v; ff. 72r–79v; ff. 84r–91v; ff. 80r–83v (binion). It is also probable that another three quires were lost at the beginning of the volume, if one is to assume that the text originally covered a complete Commentary to the Acts, i.e. also to Acts I–VIII, 8.
Unit II:Q17–2913.IVf.195 + Q30(IV + 3f.f.196–198)f.206: 3 single leaves pasted together and onto the following quaternion + Q31IVf.214 + Q32IIIf.220
Bookblock:ff. SL2r–220r Pehr Fabian Aurivillius Pagination and brief marginal notes in a modern hand, for example in the upper margin on f. 28v. ff. 1r–220r Stig Yngve Rudberg Foliation in pencil in a modern hand.
Unit I:ff. 1r–91v Written with black and blackish-brown ink in a neat and regular upright minuscule interspersed with majuscule forms and some enlarged letters (tau, kappa, gamma). Writing pending from ruled lines. Ample use of abbreviations. Initials and subtitles in a bright cadmium red ink.
Unit II:ff. 92r–220v Written with brown ink in a somewhat square upright minuscule. Writing pending from ruled lines. The use of abbreviations is less conspicuous. Initials and titles in cadmium red ink. The page is dominated by the lambda and chi diagonals and a distinctive broad zeta. Some of the rubrics are written in a narrow epigraphic Auszeichungsmajuskel.
Very sparingly decorated. Rubricized plain initials, 1–2 lines high, passim; larger and elaborate ones, 3 lines high, only at the beginning of new text items, and these are still rather crude and simple in style. On (f. 28v) a headpiece with interlace pattern in red, black, and white (unfilled outline). On (f. 57v) a line filler in black and red and a simple interlace knot in the margin. Subtitles are sometimes written in red ink but without any further embellishment.
Rubricized plain initials, 1–2 lines high, passim; larger ones at the beginning of new text items, 4–5 lines high, thin and elongated with few embellishments. Headpieces and line fillers in red, black, and white, in a variety of geometrical designs, from a couple of simple red strokes with curlicues to more elaborate interlace patterns (e.g. on (f. 148r) and (f. 156v)). With a few exceptions the titles are rubricized and often accompanied by red or red and black star patterns.
Layoutff. 1r–91v ruling pattern identical with Sautel no. 20D1. Written area: 185/190 × 125/130 mm ff. 92r–220v ruling pattern identical with Sautel no. 20D1. Written area: 195/200 × 130/135 mm On some pages the ruling pattern is closer to Sautel no. 20A1., although this may be due to the scribe being less accurate in the execution.
Lace-attached case binding sewn on three supports. Half covered with parchment and marbled paper over paper boards. Endbands in blue and white. Paper strips from a Greek liturgical print have been used for restauration work at the spine; traces of text are visible on ff. 5r, 18r, 19r, 21r–21v, 30v.
Two types of paper are present as endleaves. One leaf , ff. SL2r–SL2v, is probably from the late seventeenth century and might be Italian to judge from the purchase note mentioning Venice. On the other endleaves there are watermarks from a Swedish paper mill, Tumba Bruk.
Binding dimensions: 240 × 185 × 65 mm
The binding was accomplished in the mid-eighteenth century, presumably on the commission of Uppsala University Library.
Unit I:Probably written in the second half of the 13th c.. Place unknown.
Unit II:Probably written in the second half of the 13th c.. Place unknown.
At some point the volume came to Venice, where it came on the market in the late seventeenth century. It was acquired there by Johan Gabriel Sparwenfeldt , who was staying in Venice from November 1692 to February 1693 and again in October–December 1693; cf. note on f. SL2r: ‘Joh. Chrysostomi homiliae in Acta apost. (absque principio) et in 14 Epist. Pauli. Codex de caetero magnae antiquitatis et aestimationis, Emptus Venetiis a J. G. Sparwenfeldt’.