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Detailed record for Harley 5784

Title Four Gospels, with Synaxarion and Menologion (ff. 294-329)
Origin Eastern Mediterranean
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Gerardos
Decoration Decorated headpieces in red and black ink (ff. 9, 230, 232), or black and brown ink (ff. 92, 145). Decorated canon tables in red (ff. 1v-5). Simple headpieces and endpieces in red and/or brown. Decorated initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 145 (140 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 329 ( + 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning + 1 parchment leaf after f. 6 + 3 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1965.
Provenance Written by Gerardos: cryptograph (f. 329).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Edward Harley on 13 February 1723/4 (see 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 ‘22 die mensis Junii, A.D. 1726’ (f. 1).
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. 5784.

Frederick Henry Scrivener, A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament for the Use of Biblical Students, 4th edn, 2 vols (London: G. Bell & Sons, 1894), evan. 447.

Hermann von Soden, Die Schriften des Neuen Testaments in ihrer ältesten erreichbaren Textgestalt hergestellt auf Grund ihrer Textgeschichte, 4 vols (Berlin, 1902-1913), e 508.

William Henry Paine Hatch, Facsimiles and Descriptions of Minuscule Manuscripts of the New Testament (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1951), p. 250, pl. 89.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 341, n. 1.

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.

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, 3 vols, no. 80.

Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des neuen Testaments, ed. by Kurt Aland, Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung, 1 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1994), p. 447.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 191.

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Decorated headpiece

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Decorated headpiece

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