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Detailed record for Harley 5620

Title New Testament: Acts and Epistles
Origin Eastern Mediterranean
Date 16th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Decoration Headpieces with geometric decoration in colours (ff. 2, 41, 58, 72v, 98v, 123v). Line-fillers with geometric or foliate decoration in colours. Titles in display capitals in red. Decorated initials in red and grey.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 150 (170 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 134 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and the end).
Collation Gatherings of 8.
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. 19th century; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Drakos Jerakis: owned in 1654, his inscription (f. 1; see Summary Catalogue 1999).
Dimitraskos Jerakis: owned in 1663, his inscriptions in Greek and Italian (f. 134; see Summary Catalogue 1999).
John Covel (b. 1638, d. 1722), chaplain of the Levant Company in Constantinople, 1670-1676, and later Master of Christ's College, Cambridge: his Greek manuscript XXXI; his inscription 'This I had at Adrianople' (f. 1) and 'Luceo Constantinople 1675' (f. 2); his notes (passim); 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, inscribed by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley, ‘Codex Adrianopolitanus' (f. 1; see Wright 1972).
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5620.

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.

William J. Elliott, 'The Relationship between Mss. 322 and 323 fo the Greek New Testament', The Journal of Theological Studies, n.s. 18 (1967), 423-25.

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, 460.

Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des neuen Testaments, ed. by Kurt Aland, Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung, 1 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1994), no. 322.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 134 [with further bibliography].

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Decorated headpiece and initial

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Decorated headpiece and initial

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