BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 235 Byzantium, s. XIV
John Chrysostom, Sermons, etc. (in Greek)
I. 1. ff. 1r-4r [Unidentified sermon, large portions of which have
been obscured by binding tape and waterstains:] //[Greek] [tape]
[Greek] [tape] (Greek) [end incomplete]
2. ff. 4r-4v [Three Meditations:] [Greek] [tape; text:] [Greek]
[end of the third Meditation:] [Greek].
3. ff. 5r-23r [Unidentified interpretation of the Gospel of John, to
chapter 10; later title, in brown:] [Greek]. [beginning lost:] //[Greek]
[text ends incomplete, not lost:] [Greek]. f. 23v blank, except for
4. ff. 24r-29v [Anonymous philosophical definitions and extracts on
various topics, including:] [Greek].
5. ff. 30r-69r [Title, added in brown by a later hand:] [Greek]
Anastasius of Sinai, Quaestiones; PG 89:311-823.
6. ff. 69r-70v [Title, by Scribe 1:] [Greek].
Selections from Anastasius of Sinai, Quaestiones Diversae; PG
7. f. 70v [Title:] [Greek] [text:] [Greek].
St. John Chrysostom, Interpretatio Orationis Dominicae; PG 59:627-
8. ff. 70v-71r [Title:] [Greek]. [text:] [Greek].
Anonymous, Dialogus inter S. Basilium et S. Gregorium
N. Krasnoselzev [sic], Anecdota Graeco-Byzantina(Odessa, 1898) cannot
be located but is cited by C. Baur, nitia Patrum Graecorum (Vatican
City, 1955) v. 2, p. 504.
9. ff. 71r-74v [Maxims from several authors; title:] [Greek] [text]
// [text worn; breaks off in mid-sentence].
10. ff. 75r-109v [Title, added by a later hand in brown:] [Greek] [sic]
[text of Homily 1 incomplete at beginning:] //[Greek]//[text of Homily 15
incomplete at end of leaf]
St. John Chrysostom, Homiliae in Matthaeum 1-15. Text for all 15
Homilies: PG 57:16. 29-223. 19. Hom. 1, ff. 75r-77v; Hom. 2, ff. 77v-
80v; Hom. 3, ff. 80v-83r; Hom. 4, ff. 83r-87v; Hom. 5, ff. 87v-89v;
Hom. 6, ff. 89v-92v; Hom. 7, ff. 92v-95r; Hom. 8, ff. 95r-97r; Hom. 9,
ff. 97r-99v; Hom. 10, ff. 99v-101v; Hom. 11, ff. 101v-104r; Hom. 12,
ff. 104r-106r; Hom. 13, ff. 106r-108r; Hom. 14, ff. 108r-109v; Hom. 15,
11. ff. 110r-133v [Title:] [Greek]. [text:] [Greek]// [incomplete
St. Basil, Ascetica; PG 31:520, 1509, 700-869, 881-888.
II. 12. ff. 134r-136r [Title:] [Greek]. [text begins, in two columns,
to be read ab ab:] /[Greek]...[col. a:] [Greek]. [col. b:] [Greek].
Nicephorus, Onirocriticon; F. Drexl, "Das Traumbuch des
Patriarchem Nikephoros," in A. M. Koeniger, ed., Beitraege zur
Geschichte des christlichen Altertums und der byzantinischer
(Bonn-Leipzig, 1922), pp. 100-118.
13. ff. 136r-223v [Title:] [Greek]. [sic] [text:] [Greek]// [obscured by
tape; incomplete at end]
Theophylactus of Bulgaria, Enarratio in Evangelium Matthaei; PG
III. 14. ff. 224r-228v [Title:] [Greek]. [text:] [Greek] ******* //
Nicolaos of Methone, De processione Spiritus Sancti; K. Simonides,
ed., [Greek], ed. 2 (London, 1865) pp. 1-39.
This codex is composed of three distinct sections. Part I: ff. 1-
133; Part II: ff. 134-223; Part III: ff. 224-228. All three parts are
written on sturdy brown paper measuring ca. 260 x 190 mm. with no
Part I: ff. i (parchment flyleaf from a Greek liturgical
manuscript of the 12th century) + ii (paper) + 133, with a written
space of 205 x 147 mm. Written in ca. 44 long lines; frame-ruled in
hard point; prickings at corners of written space. I^^4, II-III^^8, IV^^4
(-4), V-VI^^6, VII^^10, VIII^^8 (-1), IX^^8, X^^6, XII-XIII^^4, XIV^^6 (+1),
X^^6, XI^^10 (-10), XII-XIII^^8, XIV^^4, XV-XVIII^^8. Quires signed by a
later hand in Greek notation in lower margin, on recto. Written by two
scribes. Scribe 1 copied ff. 1r-133v in a neat scholarly hand
characterized by extensive abbreviations; Scribe 2 added notes on f. 4
in a more cramped minuscule. Small initials and chapter headings, in
Part II: ff. 90 (190 x 160) mm. Folios 134r-136r written in 2
columns of 25 lines; folios 136v-223v in 26 long lines. I-IV^^8, V^^10,
VI-VII^^8, VIII^^6 IX^^8, X^^10, XI^^8. Signatures in a later hand.
Completed by a single scribe in minuscule, using pale brown ink. Some
Part III: ff. 5 + ii (paper) + i (contemporary parchment), with a
written space of 243 x 165 mm. 52 long lines by a single scribe in tiny
minuscule similar to that of Scribe 1 in Part I. I^^6 (-1). Signature
The codex is stained throughout; mending tape and worm holes
frequently render the text illegible.
Binding: s. xvi-xvii. Four chain-stitched supports link the quires
and are laced into square-edged, flush, wooden boards with grooved
edges. Colored, beaded endbands are sewn on fine cords attached to the
boards. There are two twisted thread placemarks attached to the
headband. The edges are bright yellow; the spine round and smooth with
a spine lining extending across about one third of the outside of the
wooden boards. Covered in dark brown goatskin, blind-tooled with an x
surrounded with diamond-shaped tools stamped at random, within an outer
border. One board is mended and both have small lumps in corners and
center where bosses would normally be, underneath the present cover.
There are traces of plaster where the leather is worn through over the
lumps. There are two pins in the edge of the upper board, three
corresponding holes going through both board and pastedown in the
lower. Straps wanting. Rear flyleaf of the 11th century from a Latin
Written in Byzantium in the 14th century. Ownership note (15th
century) of "Manolli [?] Notaras de sancta andrea" on f. 26r. Belonged
to the Jesuit College of Clermont, Paris (no. 225; table of contents on
f. iii verso and note on f. 1r: "Paraphe au desir de l'arrest du 5.
juillet 1763. Mesnil."). Acquired by Gerard and Johann Meerman, ca.
1773 (see Bibliotheca Meermanniana, v. 4, p. 22, no. 148, where it is
described as "Mutilus, mucidus, squallidus et vermibus valde
laceratus."); sale to Sir Thomas Phillipps (8 June - 3 July, 1824;
stamp with no. 6758 on f. ii recto, tag on spine). Purchased from
Laurence Witten with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Trust in 1957 (MS
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 44, no. 235.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 48.
R. Carter, Codices Chrysostomi Graeci (Paris, 1970) p. 18., no.
Barbara A. Shailor