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Detailed record for Burney 21

ff. 9-252 
Title The four Gospels, adapted for liturgical use
ff. 1-6; 252v-258 
Title Synaxarion, or table of lessons
Origin Eastern Mediterranean, Greece (Thessalonica, monastery of Philokalos)
Date 1291 or 1292
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Theodoros Hagiopetrites
Decoration 5 headpieces, 1 in brown and blue (f. 1), and 4 decorated with foliate patterns in gold and colours, together with large initials in gold and colours, at the beginning of each Gospel (ff. 9, 76, 121, 197). Large brown or red simple initials. Small red, blue, or gold initials.
Dimensions in mm 340 x 240 (230 x 160)
Official foliation ff. ii + 261 (ff. i-ii and 259-61 are modern paper flyleaves)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. 19th century brown leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Written for the monk Gerasimos, grand sceuophylax of the monastery of Philokalos in Thessalonica, by the scribe Theodoros Hagiopetrites (colophon, f. 258).
The monk Dositheos, son of the grammaticus Demetrios of Thessalonica, presented by him to the archon Alexios (14th century note, f. 8v).
Giovanni Saibante, of Verona, owned in first half of the 18th century, bequeathed by him to Giulio Saibante (see E. M. Jeffreys, 'The Greek Manuscripts of the Saibante Collection, in Studia Codicologica, ed. by Kurt Treu, Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur, 124 (Berlin: Akademie, 1977), pp. 251-2, no. 1).
Charles Burney (b. 1757, d. 1817), D. D., classical scholar, possibly acquired together with Burney 105, another Saibante manuscript.
Acquired by the British Museum as part of Burney’s library from his son Charles Parr Burney in 1818.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part II: The Burney Manuscripts (1840), pp. 4-5, pl. II.

Frederick Henry Scrivener, A Full and Exact Collation of about Twenty Greek Manuscripts of the Holy Gospels (hitherto unexamined) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1853), pp. li-liv (as 'r').

H. Omont, ‘Notes sur les manuscrits grecs du British Museum’, Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes, 45 (1884), 314-50 (pp. 344, 349).

Die griechischen Schreiber des Mittelalters und der Renaissance, ed. by Marie Vogel and Victor Garthausen, Beiheft zum Zentralblatt für Bibliothekswesen, 33 (Leipzig: Harrassowitz, 1909), p. 135.

Alexander Turyn, Dated Greek Manuscripts of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries in the Libraries of Great Britian, Dumbarton Oaks Studies, 17 (Washington: Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, 1980), pp. 60-62, pls 43, 107a.

Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. 127.

Ioannis Spatharakis, Corpus of Dated Illuminated Greek Manuscripts to the year 1453, Byzantania Neerlandica, 8, 2 vols (Leiden: Brill, 1981), I, no. 202; II, fig. 368.

Sever J. Voicu and Serenella D’Alisera, I. MA. G. E. S.: index in manuscriptorum graecorum edita specimina (Rome: Borla, 1981), p. 374.

Robert S. Nelson, Theodore Hagiopetrites: A Late Byzantine Scribe and Illuminator ,Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3, ed. by Herbert Hunger, 2 vols (Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1991), pp. 17-144 (pp. 131-32, n. 5), pls 11-15.

Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des neuen Testaments, ed. by Kurt Aland, Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung, 1 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1994), min. 484.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts, (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, 30.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


ff. 9-252
The four Gospels, adapted for liturgical use
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Illuminated headpiece and initial

f. 9
Illuminated headpiece and initial

f. 9

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