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Beinecke MS 265 Constantinople, 1453 [?]
Manuel Moschopulos, Erotemata (in Greek)
[final rubric is badly damaged; colophon:]
[Greek] ff. 133v-134v blank and 148v
The codex diverges considerably from the edition of
N. Titze, Manuelis Moschopuli Cretensis opuscula grammatica (Leipzig,
it is similar to the early printed text of J. Vualder, Grammaticae artis
graecae methodus Manuele Moschopulo authore (Basil, 1540) pp. 1-155.
Paper (watermarks in gutter), ff. ii (paper) + 148 (foliation by a
previous owner, ff. 1-149, skipped from 87 to 89) + ii
(paper), 216 x 142 (152 x 85) mm. Written in 21 long lines, ruled faintly
in hard point; double [?] vertical bounding lines, no prickings visible.
I-XVIII^^8, XIX^^4. Quire signed with letters of the Greek alphabet
in lower right corner, recto.
Written in neat Greek minuscule by a single scribe (see below).
Headpiece (f. 1r), headings and many initials, 3- to 1-line, in red.
Binding: s. xix. Red goatskin, gold-tooled. Edges gilt.
Bound by C. Lewis (London, 1807-36).
Written in Constantinople ca. 1453.
A colophon (incomplete) on f. 148r indicates that Andronikos Pazikeos wrote
the manuscript while a captive in Constantinople. This may be the same scribe
as Andronikos Laskaris Pazikes Byzantios, who wrote Oxford, Bod. Lib.
Barocc. 107 (s. xv-xvi). Belonged to an unidentified monastery of St. George
(inscription of late 15th century on top of f. 1r). Other notes in the
manuscript give the date 1463 (f. 148r) and an obituary notice for a
brother Ioannes (f. 148v). Collections of Henry
Drury (1778-1841; comments on f. i recto) and Sir Thomas Phillipps (tag with
no. 3401 on spine). Purchased from L. C. Witten with funds from the Jacob
Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 37).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 47, no. 265.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 51.
Barbara A. Shailor