FIVE GATHERINGS FROM LITURGICAL MANUSCRIPTS, in Greek, DECORATED MANUSCRIPTS ON VELLUM AND PAPER
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FIVE GATHERINGS FROM LITURGICAL MANUSCRIPTS, in Greek, DECORATED MANUSCRIPTS ON VELLUM AND PAPER

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FIVE GATHERINGS FROM LITURGICAL MANUSCRIPTS, in Greek, DECORATED MANUSCRIPTS ON VELLUM AND PAPER
[?Greece, from 10th to 13th centuries]
A SELECTION OF GATHERINGS FROM EARLY GREEK MENOLOGIA, including: A TENTH-CENTURY GATHERING OF FOUR LEAVES from a manuscript on vellum, 243 x 175mm, 30 lines written in dark brown ink in an upright minuscule tending to slant to the left, angular breathings and the use of the uncial nu and pi similar to the early 10th-century BL Add Ms 11300 (some soiling and staining to outer margins of leaves, edges singed), containing references to Saint Cyril of Jerusalem and Saint John Chrysostom; TWO EARLY ELEVENTH-CENTURY GATHERINGS of fourteen leaves in total from the same DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, 267 x 190mm, 26 lines written in dark brown ink in a precise and handsome Greek minuscule characteristic of the liturgical script of the 9th and 10th centuries, but with the enlargement of certain letters, as phi, chi and lamda, and the roundness of breathings indicating a later, possibly early 11th-century hand, rubrics and opening initials in red, one red and white knotted bar border (a few wormholes not affecting the text, some marginal staining, pinpricks to outer margins), containing an excerpt from the life and martyrdom of Saint Theodore of Amasea, whose feast is celebrated in the Orthodox Church on the 17 February and the first Saturday in Great Lent; ONE LATE TWELFTH- OR EARLY THIRTEENTH-CENTURY GATHERING of eleven leaves from a manuscript on paper, 209 x 153mm, 18 lines written in dark brown ink in a tidy, domestic Greek minuscule tending to slant to the right, rubric and opening two-line initial 'A' in red (\KAdelfoi agaphtoi\k, 'Beloved brothers'), the final 11 lines of f.10v in a second, possibly later hand, and preceded by a thorned knotted bar border (marginal soiling); ONE THIRTEENTH-CENTURY GATHERING of eight leaves (the final three blank), 213 x 150mm, written in a clear Greek cursive of the 13th century and SIGNED AND DATED BY THE SCRIBE on f.5v on the feast of the Holy Great Martyr George (\kton agion megalwn marturion Georgiwn\K), and what appear to be the numerals \kk\K and \kh\K, or 28. (5)
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