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Creator: Psellus, Michael Date: 1470 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; ruled on the recto side with only the outline of the ruling space marked (no ruling for the lines of text).;Script: A neat minuscule written in black ink, now faded brown, with glosses in faded red ink. Titles also in a faded red ink. By the same scribe as Bodmer MSS 3 and 64 and Yale University, Beinecke 244.;Decoration: Faded red ornamenal uncial initial on fol. 1r; ornamental tailpiece in a black ink traced with a red ink (fol. 31r); initial letters in red and some casual swash "S" running patterns between sections of the text.;Title cataloged from existing description.;This interesting collection of unusual texts was at one time part of an anthology of classical and Byzantine Greek for the instruction of a student of the early post-Byzantine period. Plays by Aeschylus and Euripides also belonged to the same anthology. The longest item in the present volume (fol. 1-31) is a series of texts which range in length from 15 to 80 closely written lines of prose and which are concerned mostly with ethics (Drury's title for the volume was Anonymi Ethica) but also with mythology and philology. The glossator has written a title του̃ ̔υπάτου τω̃ν φιλοσόφων (transliterated: tou Hypatou tōn philosophōn) at the head of fol. 1. This is probably an attribution to the eleventh-century writer, Michael Psellus, who was known by various honorific titles, such as 'the highest philosopher'. The work, not likely by Psellus, is known to him in two other manuscripts: Paris: Bibl. Nat. Supplément gr. 58, fol. 40r-69v and Naples: Biblioteca Brancancciana IV.A.5, fol. 208v-228v (for the latter see Elpidio Mioni, Catalogo di manoscritti greci existenti nelle biblioteche italiene. [Rome] : Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato, ). The remaining texts in the volume are a poem in 'political' verse on the Christian faith addessed by Psellus to the Emperor Michael Ducas (fol. 31v-32v; an abridged version of the poem printed in Migne) and the prose work on the Labors of Hercules by the fourteeth-century chartophylax of Bulgaria Joannes Pediasimus (fol. 34v-51v, with interlinear gloss and sections of continuous commentary).;Binding: Early nineteenth-century light brown morocco by Charles Lewis with the arms of Henry Drury, gilt on upper and lower covers with edges gilt.
Creator: Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379, Anthimos (Scribe), scribe, and Orthodox Eastern Church Date: 1634 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; ruled by means of a ruling board or Arabic mastara.;Script: The monk Anthimos, has signed his name and added a date, 1634. He was of the Hodegon palaeographical school that was thoroughly adopted by the Romanian Orthodox. The same scribe also wrote Mt. Athos Cod. 526 the following year. A fine, flowing minuscule hand leaning slightly to the right, in black ink. Rubrications throughout.;Decoration: Pen drawings of Saints Basil and Gregory, enclosed within borders filled with gold strapwork ornament on a colored background occupy the same position as that of the portraits of the Evangelists in the Gospel books--facing the opening of their respective books. Originally a drawing of Saint Chrysostom also appeared opposite the beginning of his liturgy. Elaborate ornamental initials with floriate designs throughout the manuscript in gilt, moderate purplish red, strong blue, dark bluish green, and silver. Flaked gilt over black ink in text and first colophon.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Binding: Bound in the style consistent with that typical of Romania in the 17th century. Brown morocco over boards, decorated with trefoil-shaped arabesque corner ornaments, gilt, and a large central oval blind-stamped arabesque medallion. With the open space between the central and the corner ornaments are four eight-petalled stamps, gilt. Fore edge clasps now wanting; one catchplate remains on the upper cover at the tail. Both metal anchor plates survive on the lower cover. Leaves of printed liturgical material in Greek were used to create the pasteboards.
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.