||MS Hunter 405 (V.3.3)
|Date of Creation:
Between 1099 and 1299
|Level of Description:
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
||Evangelivm. [Greek characters].
Evangelistary of the Greek Church:
Begins (1, 2 recto lines 1-4): [Greek characters] [these lines in gilt characters enclosed in an arabesque border (gilt and illuminated) with birds above and pines (conventional) at the corners] | (col. a, line 1): E [gilt illuminated initial with a right hand making the Orthodox sign of the Cross] [Greek characters]
Ends (33, 1 verso lines 13-15): [Greek characters] [= St. Mk. 630.] | [Greek characters] (33, 1 verso line 13 = V.5.10, 17, 1 verso col. b, line 29.)
Remarks:On iv, 1 recto in an XVIII. Cent. hand, pencil (title, for binder): Euaggelion | manuscriptum. For the title see J.M. Neale, History of the Holy Eastern Church, London, 1850, p. 851. Under this is scribbled in a (?) XV.-XVI. Cent. hand: [Greek characters]
On 1, 1 recto top, in an XVIII. Cent. hand: 2 V.W/G S/G.
On 1, 1 recto centre, in a XIV.-XV. Cent. hand: [Greek characters].
Reversed, in a XVI.-XVII. Cent. hand: Magnifico domino quanto e pur honorande.
Under this in an XVIII. Cent. hand (?De Missy's): Ex libris CAESARIS DE MISSY Berolinensis: | Londini: | Anno M . DCC . XLVij: [unkeyable character]
On 1, 1 verso (in the form of a cross having four illuminated circles surrounding its head containing the following mottoes respectively: [Greek characters] and with a group of four smaller circles on each side of its foot): [Greek characters] | [space of one line] | [Greek characters]
Between 1, 1. and 1, 2. is a half sheet of paper containing in an XVIII. Cent. hand an index (paged) of the Lessons in this Lectionary.
The 13th quire has a fragment of an XI. Cent. Greek MS. pasted on its back. The "gold" ink of the illuminations has corroded the vellum in places, especially pp. 453-459. The paginator (?De Missy) has quoted the passages (chapters and verses throughout) and numbered the Lessons consecutively (1-237).
César De Missy (1703-75) was a Prussian critic and divine, who owned many of the volumes in this collection. He was George III.'s French chaplain, and spent his life collecting materials for an Edition of the New Testament.
From the above quoted inscriptions, this MS. appears to have been given at first to the Church of S. George (Query: Where?) by one Nicetas and afterwards to have belonged to the Monastery of Prodromus.
The contractions are indicated by spaced type.
[Formerly Q.3.3; Q.3.36].
There are also some original signatures (e.g. f. 185). The ending (quoted last line of p. 324) reads [Greek characters] (a cross reference for the lection). In the inscription read [Greek characters]. (I.C. Cunningham, 28/5/81.)
Evangelion (1 240; synaxarion [weekday / Sat.-Sun.] + menalogion]). s.xii. Parchment. 251 ff. 280 x 210. 2 col. 22-25 ll. i10(-10), ii-v8, vi10, vii-ix8, x2, xi-xiii8, xiv6, xv-xxxii8, xxxiii2(-2). FO: o tapeinos Niketas; church of St George; mone tou Prodromon plesion Bomstokous; César de Missy, 1747 (Ian C. Cunningham: Greek Manuscripts in Scotland. Edinburgh, NLS, 1982).
Vellum, 11 x 8˝, ff. 251 (not counting the supposititious (blank) paper leaf, pp. '153', '154'), well written in double cols. of 22-25 lines, each 8 1/8 x 2 3/8, lined and margined with bodkin, signatures (XVIII. Cent.), pagination (pp. 1-502, beginning 1, 2 recto) XVIII. Cent., no catchwords, gilt illuminated initials, arabesque head-pieces (pp. 1, 101, 213, 392), punctuation and accents added later in red, titles of 'Lessons' gilt, running titles (XVIII. Cent.), no marginalia, much cropped, otherwise well preserved, Scrivener, Lect. 231, p. 343, Gregory, Lect. 240, p. 721, fol. sec. [Greek characters]. Cent. XII.-XIII.
Binding: Millboards, covered brown grained Russia (probably faded crimson), gilt-tooled inside margins, edges, sides and panelled back, green silk ribbon marker, gold stamp, crowns, and flowers, etc. (as in V.3.4, V.4.3, V.5.10, and V.7.3), on each board, title (gilt) on dark green morocco shield: EUAGGELION | MANUSCRIPTUM. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 324.]
||This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasion: 'Treasures of Scottish Libraries', National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961.
||Ian C. Cunningham, Greek Manuscripts in Scotland: summary catalogue, with addendum (Edinburgh, 1982), no. 51; National Library of Scotland, Treasures of Scottish libraries: catalogue (Edinburgh, 1961), vi, 3; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 324-325.
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