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Abstract

This manuscript is of interest for the history of Greek handwriting because it presents a remarkably early example of a less formal, cursive script used for copying books (rather than just documents). The miniature at the beginning of the volume dates from ca. 1150 and must have been added as late as 1920-1930 in order to raise the book's selling price. It is rather damaged but reveals the preliminary drawing which guided the painter at the final stages of his work.

Text Note

Fols. 1r-v: letter from Eusebius to Carpianus; fols. 2r-3v: readings for the feast days from September 1 to January 21; fol. 5r, lower margin: readings for the feast days from January 22 to January 30; fols. 5r-98r: Gospel of Matthew; fols. 99r-158r: Gospel of Mark; fols. 159r-257v: Gospel of Luke; fols. 257v-258v: readings for the feast days from February 1 to June 29; fols. 260r-332r: Gospel of John; fols. 262bis r-v: readings for the feast days from July 1 to August 31

Hand note

Main hand written in sloping cursive minuscule, medium brown ink; fols. 2-3, 258, 262bis copied in thirteenth- or fourteenth-century hand

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Izer, Emily

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

K. W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago, 1937), 350–351 with pl. lv


K. Weitzmann, Die byzantinische Buchmalerei des 9. und 10. Jahrhunderts. Addenda und Appendix. (Vienna, 1996), 80 with fig. 631


G. R. Parpulov, “A Catalogue of the Greek Manuscripts of the Walters Art Museum”, Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004), 71-189, esp. 91-93


N. F. Kavrus-Hoffmann, "Tenth-Century Greek Gospels at the Walters Art Museum: Writing Styles and Ornamental Motifs", Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004), 21-34, eps. 27-34


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

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Keywords
Gospel Book
Gospels
Byzantine
Headpiece
Greece
10th century
Christian
Binding
Illustration
Miniature
Scripture
Turkey
12th century

Origin Place

Byzantine Empire

Date

10th century CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Early twentieth-century (probably Leon Gruel); tooled leather over squared wooden board; five brass bosses on each cover; slightly raised endbands; pastedowns are fragments from Chicago, University of Chicago Library MS 138, fourteenth century

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Greek, Ancient (to 1453).

Provenance

Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase from Leon Gruel

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

← search Gospel Book W.523

Origin Place

Byzantine Empire

Date

10th century CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Greek, Ancient (to 1453).

Provenance

Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase from Leon Gruel

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This manuscript is of interest for the history of Greek handwriting because it presents a remarkably early example of a less formal, cursive script used for copying books (rather than just documents). The miniature at the beginning of the volume dates from ca. 1150 and must have been added as late as 1920-1930 in order to raise the book's selling price. It is rather damaged but reveals the preliminary drawing which guided the painter at the final stages of his work.

Text Note

Fols. 1r-v: letter from Eusebius to Carpianus; fols. 2r-3v: readings for the feast days from September 1 to January 21; fol. 5r, lower margin: readings for the feast days from January 22 to January 30; fols. 5r-98r: Gospel of Matthew; fols. 99r-158r: Gospel of Mark; fols. 159r-257v: Gospel of Luke; fols. 257v-258v: readings for the feast days from February 1 to June 29; fols. 260r-332r: Gospel of John; fols. 262bis r-v: readings for the feast days from July 1 to August 31

Hand note

Main hand written in sloping cursive minuscule, medium brown ink; fols. 2-3, 258, 262bis copied in thirteenth- or fourteenth-century hand

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Izer, Emily

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

K. W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago, 1937), 350–351 with pl. lv


K. Weitzmann, Die byzantinische Buchmalerei des 9. und 10. Jahrhunderts. Addenda und Appendix. (Vienna, 1996), 80 with fig. 631


G. R. Parpulov, “A Catalogue of the Greek Manuscripts of the Walters Art Museum”, Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004), 71-189, esp. 91-93


N. F. Kavrus-Hoffmann, "Tenth-Century Greek Gospels at the Walters Art Museum: Writing Styles and Ornamental Motifs", Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004), 21-34, eps. 27-34


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Bookplate front

Bookplate back

Keywords
Gospel Book
Gospels
Byzantine
Headpiece
Greece
10th century
Christian
Binding
Illustration
Miniature
Scripture
Turkey
12th century
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