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Detailed record for Harley 5736

Title Four Gospels
Origin Eastern Mediterranean (Corfu)
Date 1506
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Antonios Eparchos
Decoration 3 headpieces with interlace or foliate decoration in red or brown (ff. 57, 94, 155). 3 tailpieces in black ink and red or black (ff. 93, 154v, 194). Title in display capitals with interlace line-fillers in brown (f. 155). Initials, decorated at beginning of texts, titles, rubrics and marginalia in brown or red.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 150 (145 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 194 (+ one unfoliated original leaf after f. 154, 2 original flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end, and 2 modern flyleaves at the beginning and 1 at the end)
Collation Gatherings of 8, with quire signature at centre of the lower margin of the first recto of each gathering.
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1971.
Provenance Written by Antonios Eparchos of Corfu: his colophon dated 4 July 1506 (f. 194v; Gamillscheg and Harlfinger 1981).
With marginal notes by a 16th-century reader.
The Jesuit College in Agen (Lot-et-Garonne, France), maintained by the Jesuits from 1591 to 1762: inscribed, 17th century, 'Coll. Agen. Societ. Jesu Catal. Inscrip.' (f. 1; see 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.
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5736.

Henri Omont, 'Notes sur les manuscrits grecs du British Museum', Bibliothèque de l'École des Chartes, 45 (1884), 314-50, 584 (p. 335).

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 47, 461.

Helle Giotopoulou-Sisilianou, Antonios ho Eparchos: henas Kerkyraios Oumanistes tou 16ou aiona (Athens: [no pub.], 1978), pp. 131, 135, 311.

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. 23.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, pp. 184-5 [with further bibliography].


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Decorated headpiece and initial

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Decorated headpiece and initial

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