Lowe Elias Avery, Codices Latini Antiquiores. A palaeographical guide to latin manuscripts prior to the ninth century. Part VII: Switzerland, Oxford 1956 (Osnabrück 1982), p. 21.
- Script, by several hands, is a pre-Caroline minuscule of a distinct type: the characteristic letter is r with its shoulder turned firmly up; ɑ is the rule; the squashed g used by some hands recalls some French pre-Caroline types; i-longa occurs initially here and there; the Ɛ ligature is used for hard and soft ti; the hand seen on pp. 335 and 368 represents an earlier stage of the type, a stage which predominates in Vienna MS. 1616.
- Punctuation: the main pause is marked by the low point or comma or : or ; or ,ʼ, lesser pauses by the low point or the colon. An omission on p. 192 is marked by signes de renvoi in the form of a trefoil.
- Abbreviations include the Insular symbol ÷ = est (p. 422), and b; = bus; q: = que; aū = autem ; ƃ = bis: ff and frs = fratres ; gƚa = gloria; hirsƚ = ierusalem; iħl= israhel; ms = meus; miam = misericordiam; nr (and nēr ), us̄r, nr̄i, etc. = noster, uester, nostri, etc.: oms, oma = omnes, omnia; ompꞇ̄s = omnipotens; ꝑ, ꝓ, ꝓpr (and propr) = per, pro, propter; qm = quoniam : scƚa = saecula ; sꞇ̄ = sunt; the abbreviation-stroke here and there has a dot above (pp. 250 ff.). Spelling in the Sermo S. Ysidori is very corrupt.
- Colophons and headings in red uncial or minuscule or in black uncial with a daub of red.
- Ink greyish brown.
- Ornamentation: mediocre initials, touched with red, of the style found in other manuscripts of this group, using simple rope pattern and fish, bird, and leaf motifs, also dog-heads, human faces (pp. 94, 165), and hands.