Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 13069

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Physical description: The beginning portion of 3 Corinthians occurs on the first leaf of a series of notes from the 17th/18th cent., written in preparation for a printed manuscript catalogue. The leaf is made of paper, written in a lazy cursive hand. It contains corrections, possibly by the same hand.

The bottom of the verso includes a short colophon by the hand of the corrector, which indicates that this manuscript was copied from an earlier codex containing the Confessions of Augustine, to which the Epistle had been appended. This exemplar, called codex 87 from the library of St. Bénigne de Dijon, is said to have been composed 800 years earlier, with the appended Epistle written 700 years prior.

This leaf appears to be a copy of a manuscript containing the contents that are otherwise missing from Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 5288, which includes the Epistle to the Laodiceans following the latter portion of 3 Corinthians. Apparently, this complete manuscript was divided and its two portions were incorporated into two different manuscripts. BnF lat. 5288 is extant whereas codex 87 is no longer extant.

Transcription of colophon: Cetera desunt in veterrimo codice Benigniano no 87 in quo Confessiones Augustini ante annos 800 scriptae, ad cujus codicis calcem habetur afficta haec Epistola ab annis fere 700 scripta.

Language: Latin

Date: 17th/18th cent.

Provenance: prob. Paris

Contents: 3 Corinthians (CANT 211.IV; fol. 1r + 1v)

Additional contents: The remainder of the codex include notes and extracts for the preparation of the catalogue Bibliotheca Bibliothecarum Manuscriptorum Nova. Tomus Secundus (Paris, 1739), by Bernardo de Montfaucon. See  or


Auger, Marie-Louise. “La Bibliothèque  de Saint-Bénigne de Dijon au XVIIe siècle: Le témoignage de dom Hugue Lanthenas.” Scriptorium 39.2 (1985): 234–64 (at 240–41).

Other online databases: none

Entry created by Gregory Peter Fewster, University of Toronto (, 26 June 2017