This 10th-century copy of the Gospels in Greek contains fine decorated headpieces at the beginning of each gospel.
The volume opens with the Letter of Eusebius (263-339) concerning his canon tables. Here it is written in majuscule script in red ink in a cross-shaped text format with gold framing and small blue decorations (ff. 2r-3v). This is followed by an incomplete set of canon tables (ff. 4r-5v) with striking red, white, and blue horseshoe-shaped arches with gold pilasters.
Numbered chapter titles (kephalaia) are listed before each Gospel book, and these are repeated in the top margin of the relevant page in the Gospel itself.
The Byzantine-style binding is contemporary with the manuscript.
It was discovered in Lebanon and acquired by the British Museum from the bookseller R. H. Evans in 1838.
- Article by:
- Kathleen Maxwell
- Art, Religion, The makers of Greek manuscripts
Kathleen Maxwell describes some of the remarkable illuminated copies of the Gospels to be found in the British Library’s collections.