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Berlin, Staatsbibliothek – Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Hamilton 453 (405)


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 16th c. (16th c.)
  • Genres: Varia
  • Illustrations: No


The ms. is covered in the second part of Studemund and Cohn’s catalogue ( the non-Phillipps mss.) described by Carl de Boor.  

First page of the ms. has a donor’s name (the Abbot Balsarini) dated to May 15th, 1718.

The second and third pages are a Greek and Latin table of contents.  For the Greek table it is difficult to tell whether the page is printed or not but due to some unevenness in the letters and the very small accents, we concluded it must be written by hand.

f. 1r: begins abruptly: “....γένος.  Καὶ ὥσπερ εἴ τις βασιλεὺς τὸν περιαυχένιον κόσμον...”
f. 3r-v are in a different hand, different hands appear throughout the ms.
f.107v: desinit: “...σκεπτέον εἴ γε χρὴ, τὸ βέλτιον.”

Very interesting little inscription at the bottom of the last page: ἰστέον ὅτι τὸ ἐφεξῆς βιβλίον ἔστι μέρος βραχὺ τῶν τοῦ Θωμᾶ τοῦ Λατίνου μετενεχθέντων εἰς τὴν Ἑλλάδα γλῶτταν νεωστὶ παρὰ τοῦ Κυδωνίου.

Pinakes has a very complete table of contents.
This is the entire work.


Contents: Nikephoros Gregoras, Letter to Demetrios Kabasilas. (Letter 148 in Leone’s edition, see bibliography)
f. 81r: incipit: “βίβλους, ἐξεῖναι δ’ οὐχ ἧττον ἰχνηλατοῦσι κατὰ τὰς Λακωνικὰς ἐκείνας κύνας ”
f. 84v: desinit: “ἔλαθε δ’ οὖν τήν τε μέθοδον τῆς τοιαύτης κρύψας
κατασκευῆς καὶ ἅμα τὰς τῶν αἰτιῶν ἀποδείξεις”