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Beinecke MS 297 Constantinople, ca. 1720-30
Unidentified Geography, Greek tr. Demetrius Notaras
1. pp. i-xv [Table of contents:]
p. xvi blank
2. p. xvii
[Greek]. p. xviii blank
Dedication to Chrysanthus Notaras, Patriarch of Jerusalem (1707-33).
3. pp. 1-586 [Greek]: [Greek].
[Greek]. pp. 587-592 blank
Unidentified Geography, translated into modern Greek from Latin by Demetrius
Paper (no watermarks), ff. iii (paper) + ix (paginated i-xviii) + 293
(paginated in Arabic numerals 1-586) + iii (paper), 160 x 103 (123 x 79) mm.
Written in 17 long lines; double vertical bounding lines, full length.
Ruled in hard point, on verso.
I^^8 (pp. i-xvi), II^^8 (xvii-14), III-XX^^8, XXI^^6, XXII-XXXVIII^^8. Catchwords
for each subsequent leaf directly under written space near gutter.
The text was written by two scribes in similar styles of minuscule. Scribe
1 (pp. 1-238) is the same scribe (Constantine Raphael Byzantinus) as that
designated as Scribe 1 in Beinecke MSS 294, 295 and 300, etc.; Scribe 2 copied
pp. 239-586. A third person supplied the Table of Contents at the beginning of
the codex (pp. i-xv).
No ornamentation or rubrication.
Binding: s. xviii. Near Eastern. Brown goatskin with a deeply impressed
medallion containing a crown, sword, sceptre, eagle, bull and I. [Greek].
K., N. B., originally gilt. Title gold-tooled. Spattered edges.
Written in Constantinople at the beginning of the 18th century by Constantine
Raphael Byzantinus (see Nichipor, pp. 186-87) and a second unidentified scribe.
Belonged to Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford (1766-1827; bookplate; not
located in his
sale catalogue). Acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 7673, stamp on first
flyleaf; tag on spine). Purchased from L. C. Witten with funds from the
Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 29).
Bibliography: Ziskind Catalogue, p. 49.
Barbara A. Shailor