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Detailed record for Harley 5540

Author John Chrysostom
Title Evangeliary of the four Gospels with sections (but not canon tables) and Sermo catecheticus in Pascha
Origin Eastern Mediterranean
Date 11th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Decoration Architectural headpiece in colours, silver, and gold with a pediment and four columns and an initial in red, silver, and gold (f. 4). Headpiece and initial in colours and gold (ff. 130). Headpiece and initial in colours (f. 220). Rubrics and capitals in red.
Dimensions in mm 135 x 105 (80 x 60)
Official foliation ff. 280 (+ 3 unfoliated paper and 1 parchment flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance ff. 79, 271-278 are replacements, possibly dating to the 14th century.
ff. 279-280 are written in a 14th- or 15th-century hand.
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie: sold to Harley on 13 August 1724 (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, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley ‘13 die mensis Augusti, A.D. 1724’ (f. [iv]).
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 ff. 1-2: quatrefoils with introductory text in red from cut from another manuscript and pasted into this one.
f. 3 is a parchment flyleaf.
ff. 4-79: Matthew; ff. 79-127: Mark; ff. 130-217: Luke; ff. 220-278v: John.
ff. 279-280: John Chrysostom's Sermo catecheticus in Pascha (PG 59. 721-24).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5540.

William Smith, A Dictionary of the Bible, Comprising its Antiquities, Biography, Geography, and Natural History (1863), II, pp. 506-34, pl. II.3.

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. 304 n. 7.

Michel Aubineau, Codices Chrysostomici Graeci (Paris: CNRS, 1968- ), I: Codices Britianniae et Hiberniae, no. 54.

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. 255.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, pp. 103-04.

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Quatrefoil with introductory text

f. 2
Quatrefoil with introductory text
Architectural headpiece

f. 4
Architectural headpiece

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