BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
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Beinecke MS 295 Constantinople, 1720, 1721, 1729
Jacobus Manas, Encomium, etc. (in Greek)
1. ff. 1v-2v [Heading:]
[Greek] 797 [text:]
Biography of Jacobus Manas copied from J. Fabricius, Bibliotheca
Graeca (Hamburg, 1704-28) v. 11, p. 797, no. LXX; followed by a short
selection from Fabricius on Alexander Maurokordatos, p. 776.
2. ff. 3r-4v [Greek]/
[Greek]/ [Greek]. [colophon:]
Constantine Raphael Byzantinus, Sapphic ode to Jacobus Manas; see Nichipor,
3. ff. 5r-41v [Title on f. 5r:]
[f. 5v blank, text begins on f. 6r:]
Jacobus Manas, Encomium of Joannes Constantinus Bassarabas.
4. f. 42r [Title:]
[Greek]. ff. 42v-46v blank
Jacobus Manas, Epigram on Joannes Constantinus Bassarabas.
Paper (watermarks: partial, unidentified), ff. 46, 149 x 109 (ff. 1-4:
119 x 72; ff. 5-42: 116 x 65) mm. Written in 15 lines at the beginning
of the manuscript and 19 for the remainder; single vertical bounding lines,
full length. Ruled in hard point.
I^^4 (1 = front pastedown), II^^12, III-IV^^8, V^^12, VI^^4 (4 = back
pastedown). Catchwords directly under lower right corner of written space.
Written by two copyists who date their work: 1720, 1721, 1729. Scribe 1
(also Scribe 1 in Beinecke MSS 294, 297, and 300, etc.) wrote ff. iv-4v and
name as Constantine Raphael Byzantinus (see colophon in art. 2 above); he
dates his work on f. 2v (1721) and on f. 4v (1729). Scribe 2 (ff. 5r-42r)
dates his section on f. 5r (1720).
Binding: s. xviii. Brown goatskin gold-stamped with portrait
heads in a foliage border and flowers in central panel. Title on spine reads
Demetrius Moschopo[li]tes (author of the life of Jacobus Manas). A green
Written in Constantinople at the beginning of the 18th century by two
scribes, one of whom is Constantine Raphael Byzantinus (see Nichipor, pp.
186-87). Jacobus Manas and the Bassarabas family are mentioned by S. Runciman,
The Great Church in Captivity (Cambridge, 1968) pp. 360-84.
Belonged to Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford (1766-1827; bookplate;
not located in his sale catalogue). Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 9233;
mutilated tag on spine) acquired it through Thorpe in 1836. Purchased from
L. C. Witten with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957
Bibliography: Ziskind Catalogue, p. 50
Barbara A. Shailor