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Detailed record for Burney 18

ff. 1-209, 210-212 
Title Four Gospels and Hebrews 12:17-13:25, imperfect (see notes), adapted for liturgical use
 
ff. 213-217v 
Title Synaxarion: table of lessons beginning at Easter
 
ff. 218-222v 
Title Menologion: table of lessons beginning at 1 September
 
Origin Eastern Mediterranean (Constantinople, monastery of the Theotokos ton Hodegon)
Date 1366
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Ioasaph of the monastery of the Theotokos ton Hodegon.
Decoration Headpieces decorated in colours and foliate patterns on gold grounds at the beginning of each Gospel (ff. 3, 63, 101, 163). Titles, initials and capitula in gold (chrysography).
Dimensions in mm 330 x 235 (205 x 135)
Official foliation ff. 222 (ff. i-ii and 225-6 are paper flyleaves; ff. iii and 223-4 are parchment flyleaves; two are former pastedowns)
Collation i-xxvii8 (ff. 1-212); xlvi-xlvii8 (ff. 213-222); the Metz portion comprised xxviii-xlv.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Blue velvet over wooden boards with embroidered Greek spine title, brass corner pieces and two gold last quarter of the 16th century plaquettes of the Adoration of the Shepherds and the Adoration of the Magi set into the upper and lower boards, respectively, probably Milanese or North European imitating a Milanese style; rebacked in 1961.
Provenance Written by Ioasaph of the monastery of the Theotokos ton Hodegon in Constantinople, 4 June 1366 (colophon, f. 222v).
James Edwards, London bookseller (b. 1757, d. 1816): his sale, 5 April 1815, lot 821, purchased by Burney for £210.
Charles Burney (b. 1757, d. 1817), D.D., classical scholar.
Acquired by the British Museum as part of Burney’s library from his son Charles Parr Burney in 1818.
Notes The volume of which this manuscript was originally a part also contained Metz, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS 4 (destroyed in 1944), which comprised Acts, Catholic and Pauline Epistles, and Hebrews 1:1-12:16.
Pink silk endpapers [no further room in binding]
Note that folios without text are not foliated.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part II: The Burney Manuscripts (1840), pp. 3-4.

Frederick Henry Scrivener, A Full and Exact Collation of about Twenty Greek Manuscripts of the Holy Gospels (hitherto unexamined) (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press,1853), pp. xlvi-xlviii (this manuscript as 'n').

New Palaeographical Society: Facsimiles of Ancient Manuscripts, etc., First Series, 2 vols, ed. by Edward Maunde Thompson and others (London: [n. pub.], 1903-1912), 1 [-1], pl. 180 [bound as no. 53].

L. Politis, ‘Eine Schreibereschule im Kloster ton Hodegon’, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 51 (1958), 17-36, 261-87, pls. I-III, XIII-XVIII (p. 27).

Hugo Buchthal, ‘Toward a History of Palaeologan Illumination’, The Place of Book Illumination in Byzantine Art (Princeton: Art Museum, Princeton University, 1975), 143-77 (pp. 165, 168, fig. 31).

Alexander Turyn, Dated Greek Manuscripts of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries in the Libraries of Great Britian, Dumbarton Oaks Studies, 17 (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, 1980), pp. 131-34.

Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981-), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. 208.

Ioannis Spatharakis, Corpus of Dated Illuminated Greek Manuscripts to the year 1453, Byzantania Neerlandica, 8, 2 vols (Leiden: Brill, 1981), I, no. 265; II, fig. 473.

Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des neuen Testaments, ed. by Kurt Aland, Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung, 1 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1994), min. 480.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 28.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


Images

ff. 1-209, 210-212
Four Gospels and Hebrews 12:17-13:25, imperfect (see notes), adapted for liturgical use
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Adoration of the Shepherds

upper cover
Adoration of the Shepherds
Adoration of the Magi

upper board
Adoration of the Magi
Illuminated headpiece

f. 63
Illuminated headpiece
 
Illuminated headpiece

f. 101
Illuminated headpiece
Detail

f. 101
Detail
Illuminated headpiece

f. 163
Illuminated headpiece
 

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