BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Beinecke MS 296 Byzantium, s. XVI^^med, 1641
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, etc. (in Greek)
1. ff. 1r-31v
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom; C. A. Swainson, ed., The Greek Liturgies
(Cambridge, 1884) pp. 101-44.
2. ff. 32r-75v
[Greek]. f. 76r blank
Liturgy of St. Basil; Swainson, op. cit., pp. 151-71.
3. ff. 76v-90v [Greek].
Liturgy of the Presanctified; Swainson, op. cit., pp. 175-87.
Beinecke MS 296 (Part I, original scribe) was apparently damaged, and a
later scribe filled in the missing portions (Part II: ff. 1-8, 11-12,
Part I: Paper (polished, sturdy; watermarks: Harlfinger Main 8), ff. 63,
167 x 118 (110 x 60) mm. Written in 14 long lines; double inner and single
outer vertical bounding lines. Ruled in hard point. Written by a single
large, bold, upright minuscule. Large initials, with copious floral designs,
and headings, in red.
Part II: Paper (unidentified watermarks: crown surmounted by a six-pointed
star and crescent), ff. 27, 167 x 118 (116 x 67) mm. Written in 17 long
lines; single inner and outer vertical bounding lines. Ruled in hard point.
by one scribe in neat minuscule that leans toward the right; he dated his
work 1641 on f. 90v. Headpieces (ff. 1r, 76v) in red, the latter with yellow
added. Many initials in various sizes, some with yellow.
I^^8 (1 = front pastedown; + 1 leaf at end, f. 8), II-III^^2, IV-V^^8, VI^^6
(-4), VII-XII^^8, XIII^^10 (10 = back pastedown).
Binding: s. xvii-xviii [?]. Ottoman (we thank A. R. A. Hobson for this
information). Limp, flush, dark brown goatskin case, blind-tooled.
Written in Byzantium in the middle of the 16th century and supplemented in
1641; early modern provenance unknown. Collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps
stamp on f. 1r and tag on spine); his acquisition from Thorpe, who brought it
from Spain (see Phillips Studies, v. 3, p. 149). Purchased from L. C.
Witten with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 46).
Bibliography: Ziskind Catalogue, p. 52.
Barbara A. Shailor