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Detailed record for Harley 5535

Part 1 ff. 1-277v 
Title Psalms and Odes, imperfect at the end
Origin Italy, S. (Brindisi)
Date 1284
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Andreas of Brindisi
Decoration 18 large initials in colours and gold (ff. 1, 8v, 17v, 28v, 39v, 49v, 62, 73v, 82v, 92v, 103v, 118, 129, 139, 159, 167, 178, 203v). 1 large initial in blue with red penwork decoration (f. 149). 2 headpieces in colours and gold (ff. 1, 103v). Capitals in red. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 110 x 80 (70 x 50)
Part 2 f. 67v 
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Decoration Added full-page miniature in colours and gold of the prophet Nathan before king David, trimmed on lower edge (f. 67v).
Dimensions in mm 110 x 80
Official foliation f. 278 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 2 parchment flyleaves at the beginning + 3 unfoliated blank parchment leaves after f. 277 + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house; marbled endpapers. Covers of a previous 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather are pasted inside the present ones.
Provenance Written by Andreas of Brindisi in May 1284: colophon (ff. 221v, 260v).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Edward Harley on 13 September 1722 (Diary 1966; Wright 1972).
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley, '13 die mensis Septembris, A.D. 1722' (f.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Added miniature on a separate leaf, dating to the 2nd half of the twelfth century (f. 67).
Musical notation (ff. 244v-247).
f. 278 is a parchment flyleaf with an inscription on the verso.
folio with large initial 'B' now missing (see offsets ff. 221-222).
The bottom half of f. 277 has been cut off.
ff. 1-202v: Psalms 1-150.
ff. 203-203v: Psalm 151.
ff. 203v-221: Odes. Ode 7 adds Daniel 3:46-51 on ff. 217v-218.
ff. 222-277v: Prayers. Imperfect at beginning and end.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5535.

Henri Omont, ‘Notes sur les manuscrits grecs du British Museum’, Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes, 45 (1884), 314-50 (p. 334).

Robert Devréesse, Les manuscrits grecs de l'Italie méridionale: Histoire, classement, paléographie', Studi e Testi 183 (Vatican City: 1955), p. 50.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 160 n. 8.

Marco Petta, 'Codice greci della Puglia trasferiti in biblioteche italiane ed estere', Bollettino della Badia Greca di Grottaferrata, 26 (1972), 83-129 (p. 106).

Alexander Turyn, Dated Greek Manuscripts of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries in the Libraries of Italy (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1972), p. 51, pl. 37.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 162.

Cyril Ernest Wright, 'Manuscripts of Italian Provenance in the Harleian Collection in the British Museum: Their Sources, Associations and Channels of Acquisition', in Cultural Aspects of the Italian Renaissance. Essays in Honour of Paul Oskar Kristeller, ed. by C. H. Clough (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1976), pp. 462-84 (p. 466).

André Jacob, 'Les écritures de Terre d'Otrante', in La paléographie grecque et byzantine: Paris, 21-25 octobre 1974, actes du Colloque international sur la paléographie grecque et byzantine , Colloques internationaux du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 559 (Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1977), pp. 269-81 (p. 278).

Alexander Turyn, Dated Greek Manuscripts of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries in the Libraries of Great Britian, Dumbarton Oaks Studies, 17 (Washington: Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, 1980), pp. 31-33, pl. 21, 102d, 102e.

Ioannis Spatharakis, Corpus of Dated Illuminated Manuscripts to the Year 1453 (Leiden: Brill, 1981), no. 192.

Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3-1, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens,
no. 17, pl. 17.

John Lowden, 'Observations on Illustrated Byzantine Psalters', Art Bulletin, 70 (1988), pp. 242-60 (pp. 259-60).

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, pp. 101-102.


Part  1   ff. 1-277v
Psalms and Odes, imperfect at the end
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Initial and headpiece

f. 1
Initial and headpiece
Prophet Nathan and king David

f. 67v
Prophet Nathan and king David

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