Greek Gospel lectionary
Orthodox Eastern Church
Guerson, Salomon (association)
Bible--Gospels--Greek--ManuscriptsEvangeliaries--TextsLectionaries--TextsMusical notation--Early works to 1800Manuscripts, Greek--Byzantine EmpireManuscripts, Medieval
Orthodox Eastern Church Liturgy Texts
Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Collation: i¹, ii⁶ [-1 and -2 with text loss], iii [8 misplaced as f. 97], iv-xii⁸, xiii², xiv¹, xv⁸, xvi⁷ [1 misplaced as f. 1], xvii-xxi⁸, xxii⁶ [-2 and -6 with text loss], xxiii-xxiv⁸, xxv¹, xxvi-xxxi⁸, xxxii⁴ [-4, -5, -7, and -8 with text loss]. No quire signatures.
Two modern sets of foliation added in pencil.
Original order of folia: [2-22, 97, 23-96, 98-105, 217-218, 216, 219-227].
In columns; 21 lines per page.
Illuminated initial at the beginning of each Gospel reading.
With ekphonetic notation in red ink written above the Gospel texts, consistent with an 11th-century creation.
Maniculus on leaf 98r.
Modern binding of tight, light brown leather over wood, with three raised bands and modern parchment pastedowns.
Folios damaged throughout by a purple residue, the results of a bacteria from [now inactive] mould interacting with the collagen of the parchment; text unaffected.
Purchase; Les Enluminures; 2011; MS.12.015.
One of a group of codices from the Metochion of the Holy Sepulchre in Constantinople (Metochion MS 444), the most famous of which is the "Archimedes Palimpsest". Previously owned by Salomon Guerson.
Readings for the weeks of John: leaves 2r-43r, 97r-v. -- Readings for the weeks of Matthew: leaves 43r-71r. -- Readings for the weeks of Luke: leaves 71r-105v. -- Readings for Lent: leaves 1r-v, 106r-182r. -- Readings for the immovable feast days from 1 Sept. through 20 July: leaves 182r-227v.