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Detailed record for Harley 5537

Title Acts of the Apostles, Catholic Epistles, Pauline Epistles, and Revelation, with tables and associated material
Origin Eastern Mediterranean
Date May 1087
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Ioannes Tzoutzounas
Decoration Headpieces with geometric and foliate decoration. Initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 115 x 95 (80 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 292 (+ 6 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 4 at the end)
Form Parchment and added paper leaves
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather.
Provenance John Covel (b. 1638, d. 1722), chaplain of the Levant Company at Constantinople 1670-1676: his anagram: 'Luceo', 1677, Constantinople (f. 7); notes by him dated 1679 and 1710 (ff. 1*, 100*); sold, together with Covel's other manuscripts, to Edward Harley for £300 on 27 Feb. 1715/6 (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.
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 Ruled in hardpoint.
Folio missing after f. 96.
f. 100* (with notes in Covel's hand) after f. 100.
Transcript of the Lexicon `ex codice graeco MS Actorum Epistolarum et Apocalypseos Covelliano' by Johann Friedrich Burg of Vratislava at Cambridge, 12 Dec. 1710 (ff. 287-291v).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5537.

Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener, An Exact Transcript of the Codex Augiensis (Cambridge: Deighton Bell, 1859), pp. lxxvi-lxxvii.

Henri Omont, ‘Notes sur les manuscrits grecs du British Museum’, Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes, 45 (1884), 314-50 (p. 343).

New Palaeographical Society: Facsimiles of Ancient Manuscripts, etc., First Series, 1[-I] ed. by Edward Maunde Thompson and others (London, 1903-1912), pl. 179 [bound as no. 40].

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, pp. xxxiv-xxxvi; II: 1723-1726, p. 211 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), pp. 113-17.

Annemarie Weyl Carr, `Diminutive Byzantine Manuscripts', Codices Manuscripti, vi.4 (1980), pp. 134, 152.

Irmgard Hütter, `Oxforder Marginalien', Jahrbuch der österreichischen Byzantinistik, 29 (1980), pp.344-54 (pl. 10).

Letters of Humfrey Wanley: Palaeographer, Anglo-Saxonist, Librarian, 1672-1726 ed. by P. L. Heyworth (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989), p. 325, 330.

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

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Headpiece and decorated initial

f. 90
Headpiece and decorated initial

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