Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 407-8 (V.3.5-6)
Title: Homiliae
Images: [ MS Hunter 408 fol. 153r ] [ MS Hunter 408 fol. 381r ]
Date of Creation: Between 897 and 898
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: S. Basilii, Caesareae Cappadociae Archiepiscopi, Homiliae.
S. Basil's Homilies:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-5): [Greek characters] - [these lines are framed in a scroll pattern border] | [Greek characters] = Migne, 29. 209.
Ends (48, 6 recto lines 19-26): [Greek characters] [= Migne, 31. 600] [Greek characters]. [These last six lines, in smaller characters but the same hand, are enclosed in a border resembling that on the first page.]
Remarks: On 1, 1 recto in an XVIII. Cent. hand: W/E. S/E. / F
f. 147 recto line 21 (end of Homily on Ps. CXIV.) = Migne, 29. 493, line 42.
f. 147 recto line 23 (beginning of that on Ps. CXV.) = Migne, 30. 104, line 16.
f. 153 recto line 1 (Sermo ad Adolescentes) = Migne, 31. 564.
f. 165 verso line 19 (In Divites) = Migne, 31. 277.
f. 177 verso line 16 (De gratiarum actione) = Migne, 31. 217.
f. 187 recto line 1 (In martyrem Julittam) = Migne, 31. 237.
f. 198 verso line 12 (Deus non auctor malorum) = Migne, 31. 329.
f. 210 recto line 13 (Attende tibi ipse) = Migne, 31. 197.
f. 219 verso line 12 (Adversus iratos) = Migne, 31. 353.
f. 228 verso line 8 (De fide) = Migne, 31. 464.
f. 232 recto line 17 (In Lacizis) = Migne, 31. 1437.
f. 242 recto line 1 (Tempore famis et siccitatis) = Migne, 31. 304.
f. 253 verso line 4 (De Jejunio. Homiliae II.) = Migne, 31. 164.
f. 270 recto line 20 (De Humilitate) = Migne, 31. 525.
f. 277 recto line 14 (De rebus mundanis) = Migne, 31. 540.
f. 289 verso line 14 (In principium Proverbiorum) = Migne, 31. 385.
f. 306 verso line 16 (In sanctum Baptisma) = Migne, 31. 424.
f. 317 recto line 12 (In principium Evang. Joh.) = Migne, 31. 472.
f. 322 recto line 12 (De Spiritu Sancto) = Migne, 31. 1429.
f. 324 verso line 14 (De Invidia) = Migne, 31. 372.
f. 332 recto line 8 (Destruam horrea mea) = Migne, 31. 261.
f. 340 recto line 18 (In ebriosos) = Migne, 31. 444.
f. 349 recto line 15 (In Barlaam martyrem) = Migne, 31. 484.
f. 352 recto line 1 (In Gordium martyrem) = Migne, 31. 489.
f. 360 recto line 21 (In XL martyres) = Migne, 31. 508.
f. 368 recto line 13 (Ad virginem lapsam) = Migne, 32. 369 (Latin).
f. 374 recto line 16 (Ad monachum lapsum) = Migne, 32. 365.
f. 376 recto line 20 (In Mamantem martyrem) = Migne, 31. 589.
f. 263 recto contains a five-lined erasure in the lower margin, utterly illegible. The bodkin has cut the vellum, here defective in the margin, while the next recto is marked with drops of candlewax.
f. 281 has the lower margin cut off, but the text is intact. A later hand has noted the number of leaves ([Greek characters]) at the head of nearly all the Homilies in vol. ii., at the same time touching up the writing where most faded, and adding corrections, etc.
The date of the colophon is obtained thus: [Greek character]=6000; [Greek character]=400; [Greek character]=7; 6407-5508 = 899 A.D. See V.5.10 (Remarks).
On f. 381 verso in the same hand as the rest of the MS., are some nine iambic verses decipherable with difficulty, beginning: [Greek characters]
At the bottom of the page, in the same hand (?): [Greek characters]... H. Schenkl, Bib. Pat. Lat. Brit. iv. 4, p. 31, No. 3176, gives a facsimile of the colophon, but omits to transliterate [Greek characters].
The contractions are indicated by means of spaced type.
[Formerly Q.3.9; Q.3.10; Q.3.41].
"Hunterian V.3.5 & 6... is quite the most important MS in Britain and, except for one in Moscow and one (now lost) at Meteora, the oldest known dated Greek minuscule." - Letter from Mrs. Silva Lake, June 1949.
[What about Oxford Euclid of 888 & Plato of 896 - See Maude Thompson: Introd. to [illegible] pp. 221-2.]
See Deureesse (R.): Introd. à l'étude des Mrs. Grees, Paris, 1954, pp. 32 and 289. [Here eight earlier dated minuscules are listed.] Deuresse identifies the MS. as coming from the scriptorium of the Studites.
Vol. I (V.3.5.) re-backed by S. Cockerell, November 1962.
Saint Basile. Homélies. Glasgow University, Hunterian ms. 407 (V.3.5). Parchemin; 152 f.; 279 x 193 mm.; Constantinople, 899; Reliure: XVIIIe siècle, carton fort recouvert de cuir de Russie, brun (probablement pourpre déteint), dorure; vraisemblablement exécutée pour César de Missy; cf. aussi Hunterian ms. 475 (V.7.2): no 7. Première partie d'un manuscrit en deux volumes, achevé à la sixième heure du lundi 16 juillet 899, par un copiste du nom d'Ignatios. Le livre a été identifié par R. Devreesse comme étant issu du scriptorium du célèbre monastère de Studios à Constantinople. C'est un des premiers manuscrits grecs, écrits en minuscule, quo soient datés. Ce manuscrit et beaucoup d'autres de la collection Hunter furent achetés en 1776 à la vente de la bibliothèque de César de Missy (1703-1775), critique et théologien prussien, aumonier de langue française auprès de George III; César de Missy passa sa vie à rassembler les matériaux pour une édition du Nouveau Testament. Bibl.: Young & Aitken, Catalogue, p. 327-328; R. Devreesse, Introduction à l'étude des manuscrits grecs, Paris, 1954, p. 32, 289. (Brussels catalogue, 1963.)
[Greek characters] (PG 29-32, different order). 16 Jul. 899. Parchment. 381 ff. 275 x 190. 1 col. 28 ll. i-xliii8, xliv8(-2), xlv-xlvii8, xlviii6. Written by [Greek characters] - [Greek characters], i.148. (Ian C. Cunningham: Greek Manuscripts in Scotland. Edinburgh, NLS, 1982.)
The date 899, according to Professor Young (Address... on the Hunterian Library) was determined by Casper Neve Gregory.
In the subscription for the first [Greek characters] read [Greek characters] (meaning?). Below this are other numerals which I cannot interpret. f. 381v. (Catal. p. 328 foot) the verses begin [Greek characters] and [Greek characters] is correct. The second line of the other note seems to read [Greek characters], but I do not understand the second word (a name?) (I.C. Cunningham, 28/5/81.)
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 11 x 7 5/8, ff. 152+229=ff. 381, well written in single cols. of 28 lines, each 8 5/8 x 4 3/4, margined with bodkin (sometimes cut by it), but not ruled, signatures (right top corner of first rectos), no catchwords, foliation 1-381 (late XVII. Cent.), excepting a scroll pattern headpiece on 1, 1 recto, no ornament, vellum rather coarse, defective in margins, few marginalia, much cropped, first and last pages somewhat defaced, the latter mounted, worm-holed at beginning and end, stained in places and marked with droppings from wax candles, but otherwise well preserved, fol. sec. [Greek characters]. Late Cent. IX. (the 6th hour of Monday, the 16th July, 899).
Binding: The same as in V.3.3, etc., probably therefore bound (like those) for César de Missy, although his name is not inscribed on these volumes, title (gilt) on black morocco shields: S. BOSILII | HOMNILAE | MANUSCRIPTAE | TOM. i. and S. BOSILII | HOMNILAE | MANUSCRIPTAE | TOM. II. 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. 327.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Greek
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'Treasures of Scottish Libraries', National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961; 'Trésors des Bibliothèques d'Ecosse', Brussels, 1963.
Bibliography: Ian C. Cunningham, Greek Manuscripts in Scotland: summary catalogue, with addendum (Edinburgh, 1982), no. 53; National Library of Scotland, Treasures of Scottish libraries: catalogue (Edinburgh, 1961), vi, 2; Trésors des bibliothèques d'Ecosse (Brussels, 1963), no 1; 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 327-328.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Basil Saint
exhibition: Treasures of Scottish Libraries 1961
Exhibition, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961.
exhibition: Trésors des Bibliothèques d'Ecosse 1963
Exhibition, Brussels, 1963.
provenance: César de Missy 1703-1775
Theologian. Chaplain to George III and scholar of the New Testament.
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