Bergen University Library, Art and Humanities Library
Bergen University Library
MS 1549, 6
MS 410, 6
The specific text has not yet been identified. However, the presence of
words like ”ad vendicionem rei” (for the sale of something), ”suo
creditori” (to his creditor), ”fundus” (piece of land), ”possessor”
(owner) and ”prediis” (farms, pieces of land) suggests that the
fragments could be from a book in some way concerned with the buying and
selling of property. It need not be a legal text, but may also be a
moral discussion. The personal voice that appears in “quesivi ad quid
fuit...” (I have asked to what purpose...) or “ego vellem...” (I would
rather...) could point in that direction, and even more so the partial
“ait paul...” (says Paul). We could perhaps be looking at a text along
the lines of Thomas Aquinas’ discussion in Summa
theologica II-II, 77, about cheating in buying and selling.
Parchment, three small fragments, 3 x 3,5 cm.
Lay-out: The ruling is done with a lead point. It is not possible to say
much about original lay-out or size.
Script: The script is a small and informal Gothic textualis. No visible rubrics, but certain elements are
underlined and marked with a paragraph.
Initials: No initials visible.
Condition: The three fragments are very small, and quite wrinkled. There
are some holes in the parchment on fragment 1549, 6a and c, while 1549,
6b seems to be in better condition.
The origin is unknown. Based on the roundness of the script in
combination with Gothic elements (like the stroke above the i’s) one
could suggest a date in the 13th century. The fact that it comes
from a Danish Bible could suggest a Danish or perhaps German origin,
but this is uncertain.
Used in the cover of a Danish Bible from 1589, the socalled Frederik
II’s Bible, printed in Copenhagen. In the original catalogue entry
of the fragments the year 1598 was given for the Bible, but a
correction to 1589 was suggested in the present handwritten
Bought by Bergen Museum in 1913.
Tveitane, Mattias et. al.: Bergen University Library Manuscript