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Detailed record for Harley 5675

Author Justinian , Theodore Balsamon, Heraclius, Johannes IV Nesteutes Patriarch of Constantinople
Title A canon law miscellany: Justinian's 'Novella 131' (ff. 1-2v), Balsamon's Collection of Ecclesiastical Laws, imperfect (ff. 3-114v), Heraclius's '4 Novellae' (ff. 145-162v), 47 Naval Laws from Justinian's Digest (ff. 163-179v), and Johannes IV Nesteutes's 'Canonarion' (ff. 180-203v)
Origin Italy or Eastern Mediterranean
Date c. 1550 - c. 1564
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Andreas Darmarios
Decoration Headpieces with interlace decoration and initials with foliate decoration in red (ff. 1, 11). Decorated headpieces and initials in black ink (ff. 98, 101, 145, 169, 180)
Dimensions in mm 300 x 205 (215 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 203 (f. 1* is an original upper flyleaf; + one unfoliated flyleaf at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Collation Gatherings of 10, with quire signatures in the lower margin of the first recto and the last verso of each gathering.
Form Paper codex
Binding Pre-1600. Blind-tooled binding of brown leather, probably Spanish; pastedowns from a printed edition.
Provenance Written by Andreas Darmarios (see Gamillscheg and Harlfinger 1981).
Giulio Pace (b. 1550, d. 1635), editor of Justinian: his ownership note 'Pacius' (f. 1) and table of contents (f. 1*; see Summary Catalogue 1999).
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.
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 Tables of contents relating to Balsamon's collection (ff. 3-10v, 98-100).
Table of content relating to the 47 Naval Laws (ff. 163-163v).
The pastedowns are formed from two pages of Giasone del Maino, In Infortiatum Commentarii in a mid-16th-century edition that resembles that printed at Lyons in 1564.
Another manuscript copied by Andreas Darmarios in 1562 is Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 4604 (formerly N 139), of which ff. 197-352 contain the same texts as the present manuscript (see Miller 1886).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5675.

Emmanuel-Clément-Bénigne Miller, 'Bibliothèque royale de Madrid, Catalogue des manuscrits grecs (Supplément au catalogue d'Iriarte)', Paris.-Acade´mie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres: Notices et extraits des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque nationale et autres bibliothèques, 31 (1886), 1-116 (pp. 25-27).

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: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. 13.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 167 [with further bibliography].

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Decorated headpiece and initial

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Decorated headpiece and initial

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