Garland of Howth
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The Garland of Howth, also known as the Codex Usserianus Secundus, designated by r2 or 28 (in the Beuron system), is a fragmentary 8th to 10th century Latin Gospel Book now in Trinity College Dublin as MS. 56 (A. IV. 6).
The text, written on vellum, is a version of the old Latin. The manuscript contains the text of the four Gospels with lacunae. It was written at the monastery of Ireland's Eye, Dublin, and once kept in the nearby parish church of Howth. Only 86 folios have survived; for example only 5:12-10:3 of the Gospel of John have survived. It is written with "diminuendo" script from initials, a feature of the oldest manuscripts in insular script such as Cathach of St. Columba. It has been described as the work of many scribes, none of them first-class.
"Vetus Latina" means the text is a Latin version predating the Vulgate - such versions were used in Ireland later than in most areas. The "garland" of its title is taken from a corrupted English form of Ceithre Leabhair, Gaelic for 'four books', i.e., a gospel. Abbott made a collation. The manuscript was examined and edited by Lawlor, Hoskier, and Jülicher.
- List of New Testament Latin manuscripts
- Codex Usserianus I
- Book of Dimma
- Book of Mulling
- Würzburg Universitätsbibliothek Cod. M. p. th. f. 67
- Bruce M. Metzger, The Early Versions of the New Testament, Oxford University Press, 1977, p. 300.
- No 28 in the table
- Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, Vol. 2 (4th ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 50.
- Literature in Ireland, by James Carney, in A New History of Ireland, vol. 2, p. 527, 531.
- T. K. Abbott, Evangeliorum Versio antehieronymiana ex codice Usseriano, vol. II (Dublin, 1884), pp. 819–963.
- A. Jülicher, Itala. Das Neue Testament in Altlateinischer Überlieferung, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York, 1976.
- Direct link to the digitised manuscript, Library of Trinity College Dublin Digital Collections
- Howth history
- The City and the Book - much detail on textual contents of Irish MS in particular
- The text of Codex Usserianus 2., r2 (microform) ("Garland of Howth") with critical notes to supplement and correct the collation of the late T. K. Abbott (1919)
- Early Irish Manuscripts Project, Library of Trinity College Dublin
- More information at Earlier Latin Manuscripts