Vergilius Sangallensis

(Ecl., Georg. IV, Aen. I, III, IV, VI)


St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen, Cod. Sang. 1394 with additional material from Cod. Sang. 63 and Cod. Sang. 275

General Information

Title Vergilius, Eclogae, Georgica, Aeneis (fragm.)
Material Parchment fair.
Place of Origin Written presumably in Italy.
Date of Origin Saec. V.
Persons Vergilius
Script, Hands

Running titles on each opening, in smaller Square capitals between groups of ornamental strokes and dots. The surviving colophon to the Bucolies and heading to the first book of the Georgics are in large Square capitals, with both overlined (p. 35).

No separation of words and no punctuation by the original hand; an early corrector marked sense pauses by means of one or two high commas.

The only abbreviation found on the fragment is Q' = que.

Ink olive-brown, with a tendency to scale off on the flesh-side. Script is a majestic, lapidary Square capital, apparently by more than one hand. Small interlinear corrections by the scribe, some in grey ink by others.

Original Condition

Height of Written Area 275 mm
Width of Written Area 223 mm
Number of Columns 1
Number of Lines 19

Current Condition

Dimensions Present maximum size 325 x 350 mm. <223 x 275mm> in 19 long lines, with unusually generous margins. Ruling on the flesh-side, presumably before folding; written between two ruled lines, as in manuscripts de luxe. Single bounding lines. Prickings to guide the ruling run within the written area near the outer bounding lines.
More about the Current Condition

Partly palimpsest, primary script (pp. 35/36, 39/40, 43/44, 47/48) had once been folded in two and used for writing Psalms, Canticles, and Prayers, saec. XII ex. and XIII).

Twelve folios survive, some only in part, paginated 7-49 (including paper interleaves), besides a number of smaller fragments, bound in a miscellany of ca. 200 pages (an offset in the binding of St. Gall MS. 275 is seemingly from a lost fragment of Aen. VI, mentioned by C. G. Müller, Analecta Bernensia III, p. 6).

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


Ornamentation: a rope-like line is seen below the last verse of the Georgics. Lib. IV (p. 48).


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    • Persons Vergilius
    • Content Description

      The contents are as follows: Ecl., Colophon, and Georg., Titulus (p. 35, with p. 36 blank); Georg. IV. 345-363, 365-381 (pp. 39/40), 383-400, 402-419 (pp. 43/44). 535-566 (pp. 47/48); Aen. I. 381-418 (pp. 7/8), 685-702. 704-721 (pp. 11/12); III. 191-207, 210-226 (pp. 16/15), 457-474,476-493 (pp. 20/19), 495-511, 514-530 (pp. 23/24); IV. 1-18, 20-37 (pp. 27/28); VI. 656-659, 675-678 (pasted to p. 49), 688-724 (pp. 31/32).

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Was used at St. Gall, apparently in 1461, for binding and repairing manuscripts (e.g. MSS. 22, 248, 275, and others).

Host Volume

Shelfmark Cod. Sang. 1394