You are in Introduction. Click here to skip the navigation.
British Library
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
 Detail from the Roman de la Rose
About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search  Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Contact us  Main
print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back

search tips  Search tips



Detailed record for Harley 5613

Author St John Chrysostom
Title New Testament (Act of the Apostles, Pauline and Catholic Epistles, and Revelation), including St John Chrysostom's 'De proditione Judae homilia ii'
Origin Eastern Mediterranean
Date May 1407
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Georgios Baiophoros
Decoration Headpiece with geometric and foliate decoration, initial with foliate decoration, and title in purple and pale red (f. 1). Decorated headpieces and initials, and titles in pale red (ff. 59v-237v). Initials and titles in red (ff. 238-267v).
Dimensions in mm 220 x 145 (160 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 267 now in original and correct order: previous Museum foliation followed an earlier uncorrect arrangement with present ff. 195-224 positioned after f. 59 (+ 3 unfoliated modern flyleaves at the beginning and the end, and one modern blank leaf after f. 194).
Collation Gatherings of 8, with quire signature (separate for ff. 238-267) in the lower margin of the first recto and the last verso of each gathering.
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1923.
Provenance Written by Georgios Baiophoros: his colophon dated May 1407 (f. 194v; see Gamillscheg and Harlfinger 1981).
Fra Antonio [of Genoa ?]: his inscription dated 29 March 1648 (f. 213) as begun in Harley 5538, f. 64v.
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer: probably sold by him to Edward Harley in August 1733, together with Harley 5538 (see Summary Catalogue 1999).
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 Contents:
Acts of the Apostles (ff. 1-59);
Pauline Epistles, with prologues (ff. 59v-194v);
Catholic Epistles, with prologues, imperfect (ff. 195-224v): in the previous uncorrect arrangement the epistles followed Acts after f. 59;
St John Chrysostom, 'De proditione Judae homilia ii' (ff. 225-237v);
Revelation, imperfect (ff. 238-267v): ending 22:2.
The text of Rev. 22: 19, formerly f. 268 in the present manuscript, is now Harley 5613*, f. 2v.
Sparse marginal notes in Latin.
ff. 1-237: watermarks of a unicorn head and a half unicorn, similar to Gerhard Piccard, Wasserzeichen Fabeltiere, Die Wasserzeichenkartei Piccard im Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart, Findbuch 10 (Stuttgart: Kotilhammer, 1980), nos. III 1037-1067 (1391-1417: Veneto, Tuscany, Bologna, Germany, Utrecht, Avignon, Barcelona) and III 1418-1475 (1371-1424: Tuscany, Umbria, Mechelen, Utrecht, Barcelona, Bologna, Montpellier), and Charles M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: Paper Publications Society, 1968), nos. 9933 (Udine 1401, Pisa 1403-4, Palermo 1403), 9936 (Delft 1403), 9937 (Fano 1407).
ff. 238-267: watermark of Letter N, similar to Charles M. Briquet, Les Filigranes…, cit. above, nos. 8429-32 (Pisa 1459, 1462-3, Naples 1462, Genève 1414-5, Sens 1428).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5613.

Codices Chrysostomici Graeci, I. Codices Britanniae et Hiberniae, ed. by Michel Aubineau, Documents, Études, Répertoires, 11/1 (Paris: CNRS, 1968), no. 56.

Cyril E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 115, 459.

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. 55.

Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des neuen Testaments, ed. by Kurt Aland, Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung, 1 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1994), no. 385.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, pp. 130-31 [with further bibliography].

David Robert Palmer, The Revelation of John part of the Holy Bible: A New Translation from the Greek, 2009 Edition, p. 50, no. 385 [], accessed 12 February 2009.

* * *
Decorated headpiece and initial

f. 1
Decorated headpiece and initial

print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back
top Back