BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 249 Byzantium, s. IX/X, XIII/XIV
Psalmi et Odae Cum Catena, etc. (in Greek)
I. 1. ff. 1r-7r [Greek].
Michael Psellus, De Psalmorum titulis; see G. Parassoglou, "A New
Manuscript of Psellos' 'On the Titles of the Psalms'," [Greek]
25 (1972) pp. 440-42, for a list of variant readings based on the printed
text of E. Kurtz and F. Drexl, eds., Michaelis Pselli Scripta
Orbis Romanus, Biblioteca dei texti medievali a cura dell' Universita
Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 5 (Milan, 1936) v. 1, pp. 389-400.
2. ff. 7v-10v [Greek]. [Greek].
Cosmas Indicopleustes, Prologus in Psalmos; PG 88.248-49, at which
point the text deviates from the printed version.
3a. ff. 11r-28v [Greek]// [the text breaks off abruptly. Commentary
on Psalms 1.1 begins:] /[Greek]...[The scribe stopped copying the
commentary in the sixth psalm.]
II. 3b.ff. 29r-307v //[Greek]. [Commentary ends on f. 306v at the
conclusion of Psalm 150:] [Greek].
Psalms 1.1-10.2; Psalms 10.2-90. Folios 29 and 30 are misbound; they
contain the text of Psalms 27.8-15 and 44.3-9. On f. 31r the text picks
up where it ended on f. 28v, but portions are lost throughout the codex
due to the placement of binding tape over the written space. Text for
the Psalms: A. Rahlfs, ed., Septuaginta, ed. 7, v. 2 (Stuttgart, 1935)
pp. 1-164. Text for the commentary on the Psalms: no reliable edition
is available. Cf. R. Devreesse, "Chaines exegetiques grecques," in
Dictionnaire de la Bible, Supplement I (Paris, 1928) pp. 1114-39.
4. ff. 308r-331v [Odae:] [Greek]. [Greek] [Commentary on Odae:]
The text of the Odae corresponds to the "Novem Odae ecclesiae
graecae" in Rahlfs, (op. cit., pp. 164-78) except that his eighth is
divided in two in MS 249, after v. 56, and two additional Christian
verses are added after v. 88 (f. 328v): [Greek]...and [Greek].... No
reliable edition of this catena has yet been published. For discussion,
see R. Devreesse, op. cit., pp. 1139-40.
Beinecke MS 249 is composed of two distinct parts, the first of
which was added at a considerably later date to replace lost or damaged
leaves at the beginning of the codex. Part I: ff. 1-28; Part II: ff.
Parchment, ff. 331 + i (paper), 185 x 136. Written in 2 columns,
ca. 39 lines (the main text occupies only 17 lines of the inner column
[85 x 53 mm.] and the accompanying commentary completely surrounds it,
often covering the folio from top to bottom). The scribe of the older
portion (Part II) ruled the parchment in hard point, on the hair side
before folding, with double vertical bounding lines. The second scribe
(Part I) preserved the format established by his predecessor. Prickings
are sometimes visible in Part II along the outer edge.
The codex seems to have been composed originally of quires of 8,
but the rebinding is so close and poorly done that it is impossible to
collate it accurately. There are no catchwords or signatures, probably
due to the severe trimming that has also affected lines of the
Part I written in a heavy round minuscule; Part II in a fine
regular hand with an admixture of uncial forms.
Crude headpiece (f. 11r), headings and small initials in red; some
minor initials in gold.
First leaf is rubbed and illegible in many places.
Binding: s. xix. Edges spattered with red. Half tan calf, blind-
and gold-tooled with marbled paper sides.
Written in Byzantium ca. 900 and supplemented ca. 1300.
Eighteenth-century ownership note of Basil Katzeskyriakos (f. 9r).
Belonged to Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford (1766-1827; bookplate
and handwritten note of contents inside front cover; no. 450 on
bookplate, spine and in sale catalogue; Greek letters chi and gamma
stamped in gold on spine); sold to Payne. Sir Thomas Phillipps (no.
7713, on spine). Purchased from Laurence Witten with funds from the
Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 15).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, pp. 45-46, no. 249.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 47.
Barbara A. Shailor