[New Testament Gospel Lectionary].
- [New Testament Gospel Lectionary].
- Alternative Title:
- Evangelion. Byzantine Greek. 1400
- Orthodox Eastern Church.
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.
- Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
- 191 leaves :paper, illuminations ; 307 x 210 (231 x 150) mm
- Digital Collection:
- Early Manuscripts collection
- See catalog: https://search.library.duke.edu/search?id=DUKE006052643
- Free Re-UsePublic Domain
- Call number: Greek MS 083
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