BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 236 Crete [?], s. XVI^^1
Pseudo-Augustine, Soliloquia (in Greek), etc.
1. ff. 1r-103v //[Greek]...[text ends with a prayer on the
Holy Trinity:] [Greek].
Pseudo-Augustine, Soliloquia, translated into Greek by Demetrius
Cydonius; first leaf missing.
2. ff. 103v-106v [Greek].
Creed of St. Athanasius; PG 28.1586-88, Formula 3.
3. ff. 106v-183v Various prayers and hymns, some by John of Damascus
and Macarius, but most anonymous. ff. 184r-186v blank
Paper (watermarks: Harlfinger Chapeau 74), ff. ii (contemporary
paper) + 186, 153 x 105 (102 x 62) mm. Written in 16 long lines; double
outer and single inner bounding lines, often with an additional ruling
in upper, lower, and outer margins. Ruled in hard point, on verso.
I^^8 (-1), II-XXIII^^8, XXIV^^4 (4 pasted to back cover). Signed in
Greek notation below written space toward outer edge, on recto.
Written by a single scribe in tall, upright minuscule.
Decorative initials, 6- to 5-line, in red with simple floral
designs; rubrics throughout.
Binding: s. xvi-xvii. Three original chain-stitched supports, the
thread laced into square-edged, flush, wooden boards grooved on the
edges. The beaded, colored endbands are sewn on cords which are
attached in holes in the edges of the boards. The edges are painted
with a red and black interlace design, the spine smooth and round.
Covered in brown goatskin, blind-tooled with concentric borders,
different on each board, the central panels filled with flowers and
small diamonds. One pin hole in the edge of the upper board, three
holes for a strap in the lower. Rebacked. According to A. R. A. Hobson,
the binding originated in Crete.
Written probably in Crete in the first half of the 16th century to
judge from the paper and appearance of the script; early provenance
unknown. Belonged to Richard Heber (1773-1833); acquired by Thorpe at
the Heber sale and sold to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 9551, tag on
spine). Purchased from Laurence Witten with funds from the Jacob
Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 26).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 44, no. 236.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 48.
"Creeds and Confessions," International Standard Bible
Encylopedia (1979) v. 1, p. 810, reproduction of f. 210v.
Barbara A. Shailor