||MS Hunter 419 (V.4.3)
|Date of Creation:
Between 1198 and 1199
|Level of Description:
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
||Apostolvs. (Apostolos, Praxapostolos.)
Apostolus. (Greek Church Lectionary from Epistles and Gospels):
Begins - under a trellis-like rubricated ornament surmounted by a device (of a four-rayed star under a knotted pattern) with [Greek characters] (left) and [Greek characters] (right) - (1, 1 recto [p. 1] col. a, lines 1-5): 'E [small rubricated initial] [Greek characters] [small rubricated initial [Greek characters] | 'A [larger rubricated initial] [Greek characters] [= Eph. 58.]
Ends (22, 8 verso [p. 352] col. a, line 26): [Greek characters] [St. Lk. 2356.]
Remarks: On p. 1, top margin, in a late hand: [Greek characters]. Partly under this and erased, in an earlier hand: [Greek characters]. On the lower margin, in a XVII. Cent. hand: [Greek characters]. Under which, in the same (?) ink: (CC).
On p. 304 in an uneducated scrawl (probably XVII.-XVIII. Cent.) is an alphabet. A similar hand (and ink) has scrawled IC XC on p. 214.
On p. 352, col. b continues in the same hand as the rest of the MS.: [Greek characters].
Under this (in the same hand as in V.3.3; V.3.4; and V.5.10): Ex libris Cæsaris De Missy, Berolinensis: Londini: | Anno Domini M. DCC.XLviiij: [unkeyable character]
From the above colophon we learn that this MS. "was finished in the month of August, 1199" [Greek character] = 6000, [Greek character] = 700, [Greek character] = 7, i.e. 6707-5508 (the year of the creation of the world according to the era of Constantinople) = 1199 A.D.], "in the reign of Alexius (or Alexis) Comnenus III., the Angel", [who assumed the surname Comnenus from his grandmother, Theodora Comnena, in 1195,] "by the special permission ([Greek characters]) and at the expense of Gregorius the prior of the monastery of the Archangel Michael, commander in chief of the celestial Hosts (commonly called the monastery of The Silent One ([Greek characters]), where he dedicated it as a memorial gift. Whoever should dare to snatch it thence would find that Angelic General its avenging champion both in this world and in that which is to come."
Alexius Comnenus III., died 1210.
For César De Missy (1703-1775), Prussian critic and divine, see V.3.3.
[Formerly Q.3.4; Q.3.37].
Subscription l. 3 read [Greek characters]; l. 4 apparently [Greek characters]; l. 6 [Greek characters] (I.C. Cunningham, 28/5/81.)
[Greek characters] (weekday) (l 241). Aug. 1199. Parchment. 176 ff. 273 x 210. 2 col. 26 ll. i-xxii8 (some half-sheets). Written for [Greek characters]. FO: the said monastery; César de Missy, 1748. (Ian C. Cunningham: Greek Manuscripts in Scotland. Edinburgh, NLS, 1982.)
Vellum, 10 3/4 x 8¼, ff. 176, well written in double cols. of 26 lines, each 8½ x 2 3/4, ruled and margined with bodkin, signatures (the same number (alphabetical) on the first recto and last verso of each quire), no catchwords (the above arrangement sufficing to give the sequence), pagination (?by De Missy) over erased foliation, rubrics and rubricated initials, no marginalia (with the exception of the numbering of the Lessons, 1-350, and citation of the chapters and verses by the paginator), cropped, otherwise well preserved (Scrivener, Lect. 232, pp. 343, 381, 395; Gregory, Lect. 241, p. 721), fol. sec. [Greek characters]. Late Cent. XII. (1199).
Binding: Similar to that of V.3.3; V.3.4; V.5.10; and V.7.3, the gilt central stamp identical in each, green silk ribbon marker, saffron edges, title (gilt) on black morocco shield: LECTIONARIUM | GRAECUM | 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. 343.]
||Ian C. Cunningham, Greek Manuscripts in Scotland: summary catalogue, with addendum (Edinburgh, 1982), no. 55; 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 343-344.
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