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Detailed record for Harley 5567

Title Four Gospels, with Menologion (ff. 291-296v) and Canon Tables (ff. 9-13)
Origin Eastern Mediterranean
Date 12th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Decoration Headpieces and initials with geometric and foliate decoration in gold and colours (ff. 15, 93, 145, 229). Canon tables with geometric decoration in purple. Initials in colours. Scholia in red or purple. The end of John in a cruciform format (f. 290v).
Dimensions in mm 165 x 130 (125 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 300 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1967. Edges painted red.
Provenance Added Menologion in a 13th-century hand (ff. 1-8, 297-300).
Inscription purpoting to be in a 14th-century hand (f. 290v).
Nikolaos Kataphaga of Katharak: his inscription (f. 92v).
Athanasios, hieromonk at St John Prodromos: owned in 1649, his inscriptions (ff. 92v, 141v).
Maria Maroudis: dedicated by her to the church of the Theotokos in the early 18th century (f. 92).
Bernard Mould (b. c. 1683; d. 1744), chaplain at Smyrna: owned in 1724, his inscription 'Bernard Mould Smyrna 1724' (f. 1); sold to Edward Harley on 28 July 1725 (see Wright and Wright 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, 'n. 8. 28 die Julij 1725' (flyleaf before 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.
Notes The manuscript includes:
Menologion, added by a 13th-century hand (ff. 1-8v, 297-300);
Canon Tables (ff. 9-13);
Matthew (ff. 15-90v), preceded by capitula (ff. 13v-14v);
Mark (ff. 93-141v), preceded by capitula (ff. 91-92);
Luke (ff. 145-226), preceded by capitula (ff. 142-143v);
John (ff. 229-290v), preceded by capitula (f. 227);
Menologion (ff. 291-296v).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5567.

Henri Omont, 'Notes sur les manuscrits grecs du British Museum', Bibliothèque de l'École des Chartes, 45 (1884), 314-50, 584 (pp. 342, 349).

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. 370 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. 246, 459.

Frederick Wisse, The profile method for the classification and evaluation of manuscript evidence, as applied to the continuous Greek text of the Gospel of Luke, Studies and Documents, 44 (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1982), p. 55.

Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des neuen Testaments, ed. by Kurt Aland, Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung, 1 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1994), p. 116.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 112-13 [with further bibliography].

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Decorated canon table

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Decorated canon table

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