Lot 11
  • 11

The Four Gospels, in Greek

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  • Four Gospels with Commentary, in Greek. [Constantinople, 11th century]
  • vellum
Vellum (ca. 11 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.; 295 x 215 mm), i+273+i leaves, highly incomplete, modern foliation, f.156 bound after f.62, and f.243 after f.262, the remaining half of a leaf after f.202 not foliated, 13-20 lines (ca. 155 x 95 mm), three-sided marginal commentary, including Victor of Antioch, for Mark, on three sides in the same hand, marginalia include kephalia, titloi, Ammonian section numbers, enlarged initials and later lection notes, Eusebius letter follows Matthew, kephalia and hypotheses precede Mark and Luke, vellum cockled and stained, edges darkened, lower margins of a few leaves cut out, some rodent damage to lower corner at end, bound in modern dark brown morocco, boxed (GA 2346; Gregory-Aland 2346).


Purchased in 1913, through Joseph Martini, New York book dealer, from two Greek monks who identified it as having come from the Great Lavra on Mt. Athos — Presented to the General Theological Seminary as a gift of friends and the Society for Promoting Religion and Learning in 1913; their sale at Christie’s, 1 October 1980, lot 139, bought for $11,000


Formatting the Word of God 1.3; K. Aland, Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften, 1963, p. 184; K.W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Green New Testament Manuscripts in America, 1937, pp. 85f.; C.C. Edmunds and W.H.P. Hatch, The Gospel Manuscripts of the General Theological Seminary, 1918, pp. 34ff.; de Ricci, Census, II, 1937, p. 1284, no. 2