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  • Fb494g770?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379 and Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 14xx
    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 23 lines; fol. 4-76 has been ruled only for the margins of the text; fol. 77-82 has been ruled with a dry point on the hair side for 25 lines, 7 mm apart.;Script: There are seven hands represented in the codex: Scribe I: fol. 2r-2v; Scribe II: fol. 4r-76v; Scribe III: fol. 77r-82v; Scribe IV: fol. 83r-86r; Scribe V: fol. 86v; Scribe VI: fol. 87v-88r; Scribe VII: fol. 87v-88r. Scribe I: with a red title and initials, Scribe I writes in a casual but legible hand with few ligatures. The hand is slightly squarish and slants to the right. There are few enlarged letters and a mixture of uncial and minuscules. It appears that the scribe used a quill of medium width. Scribe II: most of the manuscript was written by Scribe II. He writes a rather large formal open hand with abbreviations using superposition and compression primarily within the rubrics. The hand is uniformly broad and expansive, with some letters larger than others, and it is written with a reed pen with a largish soft nib. Scribe III: follows in much the same tradition of letter formation as that of Scribe II and with a slightly lighter brown ink for the text and a vivid red for the rubrics and the margin initials. However, his hand tends to be squarish and was likely written by a quill as can be seen by the variations between the thicks and thins. Scribe IV: writes a very scratchy, hasty, crabbed hand in a dark brown to black ink. It is highly abbreviated, slants to the right in the direction of the text. Scribe V: writes in a hand that has a slightly backward slant, is squarish, and the ink is purplish black. It appears to have been written by a hand that is more familiar with the roman alphabet than with the Greek, especially the uncial characters. Scribe VI: writes a hand very similar to that of Scribe IV. The hand is typical of that of an informal style and clearly comes from the early part of the sixteenth-century. Scribe VII: is very similar to that of Scribe IV, but with a strong rightward slant, in a strong black ink, hastily written. Almost certainly from the sixteenth- or early part of the seventeenth-century.;Decoration: Initials in red throughout; the larger ones have formal floral decoration or elaborate interlacing (fol. 8v, 12r, 16v, 17v, 20r, 22v, 23r, 26v, 30v, 33r, 36r, 37v--bird figure--41r, 45v, 49r, 53r--bar headpiece--54v, 64v and 76v). One includes the motifs of a bird (fol. 37v) with its neck wrapped around by a column to form the letter "K, " and on fol. 53r a bar headpiece.;Origin: Southern Italy.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Binding: Bound in dark brown blind-stamped morocco by Gozzi in Modena in 1970, sewn on four raised double cords. The binder's small identification stamp is in gild on the turn-in at the tail of the upper cover. The cover decoration is a wide frame with corner diagonals ruled in double fillets; along the inside of the lines forming the frame are a series of very small double annules. The central panel has a mascle with a rectilinear network divided into a pattern of diamons of 25 regular sections each centered with a small double outlined mascle with slightly concave sides. The doublures are of parchment and stamped on both the doublures inside the upper and lower covers in the gilt exlibris of "Torre del Palasciano, " an ovoid finely engraved leafmask with cresting elements; azured background of parallel lines.
  • Pz50h4091?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379 and Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 14xx
    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 12 lines.;Script: At least two hands are represented: Scribe I (fol.1r-10v) writes in a small version of the liturgical hand associated with the Hodegon School; Scribe II (fol. 11r-151v) writes in a larger, more flourished style; he has a steady minuscule script occasionally leaning toward the right. Headings and initials in red ink.;Decoration: Simple bar headpieces in red; ornamental initials in red in the left margins.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Includes instructions to the Catechumens.;Binding: Bound in dark brown goatskin over boards. Blind tooled with triple forming a wide frame creating a central rectangular panel. In the corners are simple fleur-de-lis on the diagonal; in the center of the panel four stamps have been placed with sepals touching a double annular stamp in the center. In the fields at the head and tail the same annule has been placed. Raised secondary endbands worked in red and green with a crown bead and chevron pattern.
  • Br86b934x?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 14xx
    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 28 lines.;Script: The hand is a rapid minuscule, with frequent use of uncials; squarish, leaning slightly to the right and containing frequent backhooks and and tapering on finial strokes. Large ornate initials appear in red in the margin at the beginning of each reading. Brown or red carets in the margin (to the left of the text) indicate Old Testament quotations.;Decoration: fol. 28v: Headpiece in red; rectangular, containing horizontal cordate figures with points counterpoised at the center, filled with void trefoil designs on a red background. Borders are double-lined with knots, with floriate finials extending from each corner; fol. 78v: Headpiece in red; rectangular, containing freeform arabesque trefoil design, void on red background. Borders are double-lined with knots, with floriate initials extending from each corner. The design has been pierced throughout for tracing; fol. 132r: Running penwork, in red: guilloche accented with dots, with 4-part knotwork design at center and finials extending from the corners. fol. 170r, 178r, 181r: Running penwork in red; reverse s-chain with floriate finials; fol. 171r: Four-part knot penwork at head, in red; fol. 176r: Headpiece, in red, rectangular, containing horizontal cordate figures with points counterpoised at the center, filled with void trefoil designs on a red background. Borders are double-lined with knots, with floriate finials extending from each corner; fol. 187v: Running penwork, in red: guilloche accented with dots, with finials extending from the corners.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Binding: Contemporary Byzantine binding of originally reddish-tan (now much darkened) goatskin on pine boards (goatskin now wanting on spine and fore edge). Bound with chain-link sewing in 5 stations, with extended end bands intact on boards (now wanting at tail). Tabby linen liner extends halfway across board. Originally clasped as head and tail with a single clasp and two clasps on the fore edge by interlaced band with ties anchored from the outside. The text block has been cut even with the boards. Both covers contain similar decoration, now scuffed and faded. The decoration consists of three frames of triple fillets, with rectangular stamp at each corner, enclosing a center panel. The center panel has large triangular stamps at the head and tail, counterpoised, with three circular fleur-de-lis designs at the apex of each. The remaining space is filled with annular stamps. Bosses at each corner and one at the center are wanting.
  • 3x816t84z?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379 and Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 14xx
    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 15 lines.;Script: Swift, short hand in black ink, leaning to the right, although beta and epsilon tend to lean to the left. Frequent ligatures and flourishes. Uncial gamma, delta and nu are regularly interspersed with the minuscules.;Decoration: Colored initials in deep purplish blue, dark olive green, and deep reddish orange. Frequent flourishes and ornamentation of zig-zagging lines filled with hatch marks, sometimes with red or green added between the hatches. Three ornamental headpieces: fol. 4r: headpiece of interlace pattern formed by two serpents whose tails appear to emerge from the top and bottom at the fore edge side and whose heads emerge from the top and bottom of the gutter edge; fol. 33r: ornamental pi-headpiece of interlace strapwork with a cross filled with twisted ornament at the center of the top--and finials of serpent heads and tails; fol. 64r: ornamental bar headpiece in black strapwork with an elaborate florate ornament at the center at the head.;Title cataloged from existing description.;The manuscript contains non-scribal colophons by Philip the Breton (?), dated 1793 and non-scribal notations, mostly quotations from the liturgy.;Binding: Contemporary binding of wooden boards covered in pieced cloth of red, blue, and green, with two clasps of leather (only the one at the head remains) originally fastening onto fore edge pins in the upper cover which are present. Five bosses on each cover--one in each corner and one in the center. The bosses of a reddish brown metal alloy, apparently cast, are decorated in low relief with interlacing tendrils and leaves. Supplied with two cord markers.
  • Ws859p558?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 14xx
    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 21-23 lines.;First 3 fol. torn; edges of remaining pages worm-eaten and heavily worn. Signe-de-renvoi in top margin (fol. 7r). Lemmata written either in a red ink or wash. Testing of the pen on fol. 18r.;Script: The hand is a minuscule written in a black ink, occasionally in a red ink. In several margins, there is a scrawl written in a later hand and penned in black ink. Red uncial initials appear throughout, with occasional black uncial initials outlined in red.;Decoration: Some initials decorated in faded red, now often orange; some measuring 3-4 lines high. Ornamental headpiece in black and faded red. Ornamental penwork in red and black ink. Occasional bar ornamentation in faded red in the fore edge margin next to heading.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Binding: Modern binding of dark morocco by James McDonald Company, New York, May 1968. Rebacked, with wooden boards added and the original leather was used; some leaves silked.