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  • 1544bw594?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 2 columns of 20 lines; ruled for 20 lines, 12 mm apart, with a dry point on the hair side.;Script: The work of one scribe only, except for the colophons and the one page of added liturgical material on the last leaf (fol. 276r-v). Written in a deep brown ink, the minuscule is remarkably open and widely spaced, as is evident from the ruling with 12 mm between the lines. The letters are carefully formed, mostly vertical, rounded, and pendant, and none is enlarged or extends above the line of text except those letters which have ascenders and descenders. As a liturgical text, the words are occasionally separated by the ecphonetic notations which have been added in the line of text and above in a soft red.;Decoration: Throughout the scribe follows a very similar pattern of constructing initial letters: the large initials are mostly outlined in gold with the interior void; there are several colored initials (fol. 1r, 48r, 79r, 111r, 154r, and 197r) and many in red. The image of the letter "T" growing out of the partridge breast is reminiscent of Moscow, Historical Museum, Cod. VI, 382 where the letter "A" is similarly presented. The ornamental headpieces are of several types: the introductory headpiece (fol. 1r) follows a carpet motif whereas those for the beginning of the major sections have been created in a style of the rectangular headpiece of the 11th/12th century (fol. 1r, 48r, 79r, 111r, 154r, and 197r). For the divisions in the menologion, the divisions are marked by a simple, slender (3 mm) gilt bar, except for one that is a running ornament (fol. 269r) and a slender gilt turned ornament (fol. 275v);Music: Contains ecphonetic notation.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Binding: Covers of thin wooden boards (8 mm thick), beveled on the inside and covered with a dark brown morocco. Around the edge of the board a frame has been formed by a small roll (4mm) with a running pattern composed of vine and fruit, bordered on either side in blind by three fillets, one wider than the other two. Within the frame a lozenge has been created of the same combination of tools converging at the inside edge of the frame at the center of each side. Within each of the four corners a lozenge stamp filled with a blossom and leaves (23 x 18 mm) has been affixed; the same stamp with points touching are arranged vertically. The two fore edge clasps are wanting. They were apprarently made of fabric and may actually have been ties anchored under the cover by two nails since there are no distinctions between the attachments of the upper and lower covers. The manuscript has been rebacked sometime in its recent history, likely within the twentieth-century. Decorated endsheets are of a widely spaced leaf patterns in light green, reddish tan and black against a pink background. At one time the edges of the textblock were gilt.
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  • Q811kr973?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 28-29 lines.;Script: Scribe I (fol. 1r-77v) writes a small, irregular minuscule usually through the line--neither pendant nor resting on the line. He uses a wide nib which produces contrasting thick and thin lines as may be seen in the transverse strokes of the uncial kappa, lambda, chi, and alpha. Although the hand tends to be upright, there is a perceptible slant to the right. The titles, chapters and canon numbers are all written in semi-uncials, slightly largers than the letters of the text. The titles are frequently highlighted with a yellow wash. The scribe frequently fills in the outlines of a letter with deep red ink. Scribe II commences without loss of text at fol. 78r in the middle of a lesson for Palm Sunday.;Decoration: The titles and headings are highlighted in yellow. Some of the capitals are touched in red; there are more than 190 decorated initials of two main styles according to the taste of the scribes: 1) penwork ornament with foliate ornaments and knotted stems, pointing hands frequently infilled with red and sometimes yellow, and 2) simpler designs in red usually without the penwork outlines. There are headpieces which stretch across the full width of the column: fol. 1r, 117v, 123r, 127v, 133r, 138v, 140v, 142v, 143v (marginal foliate ornaments), 146v, 147v, and 150r. Some decorated initials are copied out again in margins in medieval hands and a standing figure holding a cross was added in margin on fol. 110v.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Gospel lectionary with readings for Sundays and for weekdays between Easter and Pentecost; part of flyleaf was replaced with another manuscript apparently an eleventh- or twelfth- century commentary on Genesis. The last two leaves are very defective.;Binding: Bound by Sydney M. Cockerell of Douglas Cockerell & Sons in November 1949 in oak boards with spine of white alum tawed pigskin, blind stamped, spine title gilt, silver catches and clasps on plaited leather thongs; note by binder enclosed; marbled slipcase.
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  • 2z10wx76h?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 16 lines; leaves 1-11 ruled for 13, the remainder ruled for 16 lines.;Script: Small, narrow minuscule in brown ink.;Decoration: Initials, chapter headings and decorations in deep red, occasionally in red and brilliant green. Ornamental headpiece of strapwork in brown and red, with floriate finials extending diagonally from each corner. Additional headpieces have been cut out of the manuscript.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Binding: A fifteenth-century binding of full goatskin over wooden boards, blind tooled, one fore edge clasp (added in the 20th century); end papers from a printed book with text in Greek and Latin.
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  • Gq67jz800?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript leaves.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 18-23 lines.;Script: An irregularly roundish hand, characteristic of southern Italy, written with some ambiguity as to whether to verticality or forward or slightly to the left. A rapidly written composition with frequent use of uncials. Another characteristic of this manuscript is the use of red blobs in the round and oval letters of the titles.;Decoration: The initial letters, particularly on the flesh side of the bifolio, are formed of zoomorphic figures, mostly serpents, which intertwine the vertical shafts of the letters; the base of the letters is floriated and lightly toned with a yellow (now cream in tone) wash.;Origin: South Italy.;Title cataloged from existing description.;A bifolium from the center of a signature found inserted before the final leaf of Duke Greek MS 19, containing five prayers for various occasions: on behalf of the mother of the child after forty days; when priest takes child in his hand and enters sanctuary doors; said before going to sleep; for rain; when a child is tonsured.
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  • 5d86p6965?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript leaf.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 2 columns of 23 lines.;Script: A flat, squarish hand, open and evenly spaced, with a generous use of uncials, written in a dark ink with a wide nib. Vertical and very clear in dark ink with notes for chanting. Headings and punctuation in red ink.;Decoration: Two ornamental initials in red ink, with slightly foliated cross bar and knotted shaft and foliate finial, measuring as high as five lines of text.;The formula for the beginning of each lection, preceeded by four dots arranged in a lozenge: Ek tou k[a]t[a] Matth[aion].;The formula for the beginning of each lection, preceeded by four dots arranged in a lozenge: E̓κ του̃ κ[α]τ[ὰ] Ματθ[αι̃ον].;Title cataloged from existing description.;A single leaf from Saturday-Sunday lectionary for the gospel of Matthew. Trimmed at the fore edge, affecting the edges of the letters at the margin; some loss of text.
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  • Qf85nj78m?file=thumbnail
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 26-27 lines; ruled for 26-27 lines with a dry point on the hair side in one column.;Script: A very round, largish thirteenth-century pendant hand in a brown ink. The titles, numbers, kephalaia, and liturgical rubrics are written generally in semi-uncials. The hand in the text is a beautifully executed and fluid ductus with a tendency at times to slant to the left. The hand contains an even mixture of neatly formed uncial and flowing minuscule cursive characters.;Decoration: Kephalaia appear in the upper and lower margins, in the scribal hand, red; scribal Eusebian sections and canon numbers are in red in the fore edge margins. Each Gospel has been provided with an ornamental headpiece and a facing evangelist's portrait. The only well-preserved one is that of St. John (fol. 11v, 81v, 129v, and 209v). For the opening of each of the Gospels and the kephalaia for St. Matthew, there are varying headpieces (fol. 9v, 12r, 82r, 130r, and 210r). Lectionary tables are at the front and back of the codex. A complete set of Eusebian numbers are provided sporadically.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Evangelion with lectionary tables for Synaxarion and Menolgion.;Binding: A Byzantine binding of dark brown morocco over pine, now considerably damaged by insects; edges grooved to corners originally supplied with two fore edge triple interlaced thong clasps anchored in the lower board and attached to the upper cover by means of edge pins (only one nearer the head remains); blind-tooled panels--three, one inside the other--in quadruple fillets; the angles of the panels intersected by diagonals originating at the corner of the covers, extending to the inside of the middle panel, thus creating a lozenge in the center of the cover. Affixed to the center by two copper alloy nails is a thick (3.5 mm) undecorated silver alloy cross (101 x 75 mm, with arms 15 mm wide). Sewn in the Byzantine style with chain-link style sewing with extended endbands worked in a chevron pattern in white, green, and red silk: with a beaded cap, worked over a primary endband of bleached linen. Endsheets are 16th century with an anchor watermark (partially visible).
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  • 0g354p17z?file=thumbnail
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 21 lines; ruled for 21 lines with a fine dry point on the hair side in one column.;Script: A squarish late thirteenth century pendant hand with a finely executed mixture of clearly formed uncial and minuscule characters, and a good mixture of ligatures, with a hardly perceptible rightward slant. Kephalia appear in the upper and lower margins in the scribal hand red; scribal Eusebian sections and canon numbers are red in the fore edge margins.;Decoration: Originally four evangelists' portraits; now only that of St. Mark remains. Each gospel has been prepared with a pi-headpiece in red ink, each with a slightly different form, and each has an ornamental initial letter in red ink. There is only one running penwork ornament.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Tetraevangelion. Portrait of the Evangelist Mark partly damaged with loss. Missing final chapter of the Gospel of John.;Binding: Modern full brown morocco over oak boards, beveled edges, tooled in blind a panel with a lozenge; raised double cords with new single parchment endsheets inside both covers.
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  • 3t945z40v?file=thumbnail
    Creator: John Chrysostom, Saint, -407
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 2 columns of 25 lines.;Script: There are three identifiable hands: Scribe I: fol. 1-57v; Scribe II: fol. 58r-81v, 83r-160; and Scribe III: fol. 82r-v. In letter formation, Scribes I and II share many of the same characteristics of the period both in the combination of uncials and minuscules and in the formation of ligatures. They are noticeably different, however, from Scribe III. Scribe III writes a kind of sprawling, open hand executed with a very fine nib.;Decoration: For each of the contents there is a fine headpiece utilizing reds, blues, greens, all of which become modified by the use of white producing a range of subtle changes in the colors from the strong pure color to delicate blues, greens and pinks. There are thirteen headpieces of varying patterns and delicate initial letters for each of the sections which have retained their incipits. At fol. 5r the bar headpiece, which extends across the width of the column (11 x 74 mm) is filled with a running pattern of four vesical shaped forms, joined at the pointed ends, filled with tri-lobed red florets on double sepaled base in green, the stem rising from each vesica.;Title cataloged from existing description.;St. John Chrysostom's homilies to the people of Antioch and Instructions to the Catechumens. The contents are incomplete: all homilies before fol. 5 and a portion of fol. 6 are missing at the beginning; one leaf after fol. 18, one gathering after the fourth, and one leaf at the end are wanting.
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  • K930c420q?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript gathering; manuscript leaf.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Contains one quire and one separate, loose leaf.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 30 lines. Ruled; prickings visible.;Script: Written in a small minuscule, in black ink; uncial initials, also in black ink, appear slightly larger than the text.;Decoration: Ornamental penwork and ornamental bar headpieces in black ink.;Title cataloged from existing description.
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  • 6682xb39n?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Symeon, Metaphrastes, active 10th century
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 2 columns of 30 lines; ruled.;Script: Written throughout by one scribe in uncial and minuscule. He writes with a regular, rounded hand, pendant, with a slight slant in the direction of the text. He uses a heavily inked reed pen that produces strong serifs in both the initiation of the letter and in the penlifts.;Decoration: Interlaced ornamental penwork headpiece without a lined border in dark red and black. A few headings and some initials in red.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Binding: Bound in full calf, with gold stamped borders on covers, and marbled edges.
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