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London, British Library, Egerton 2783


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 13th c., 14th c. (13th-14th c.)
  • Genres: Biblical
  • Illustrations: Yes


Concurrent foliation and pagination. Before the text come charts harmonizing the gospels, &c. Marginal labels throughout (ex. gr., «περὶ τοῦ ἑκατοντάρχου», «περὶ τῆς πενθερᾶς Πέτρου» κλπ.). A steady hand, but one whose many and often flamboyant excursions into the margin may betray an impatience with such a well-trodden text: a favorite of his are descenders that make three loops before rising again into one of the following letters.

First page, numbered II:
E Libris Iohannis Guil’mi Burg. S.T.B.
Coll. Oriel. Socii,
die 15 Febr. 15.1875.

Mem. This is Evan. 563. and has been elaborately collated by W.F. Rose.
Purc’d. of Rev. W.F. Rose 8 July, 1893
[crossed out: 648.a] [crossed out: 522.b] [crossed out: 542.a] 685a
Κατὰ Ματθ.   fol. 31
Μάρκ.        217
Λουκ.         337
Ἰωανν.       533

Note on p. 675 (after final folio), “335+iv Folios. F.M. December 1893. Examined by A.G.”

Inserted at the end (in the microfilm photographs at least, and apparently in the manuscript) is a typed sheet, labeled by hand “III” at the top and, at the bottom, “Guardian, July 29, 1882”, presumably from the newspaper of that name. It is useful for the manuscript’s character and provenance. Square brackets are original:
I must tell you next, that Mr. James Woodhouse [d. 1866], during his fifty years of residence at Corfu, being Treasurer-General of the Ionian Islands, formed a little collection of MSS., obtained chiefly from the monasteries of the Levant,—sold in London 1869, 1872, 1875. Among these were six sacred codices: three Evangelia (which he numbered “4,” 12,” and “37”): two Evangelisteria (his “No. 28” and “No. 38”); and one copy of the Acts and St. Paul (“No. 13”). Of four of these manuscripts I am able to tell you the present whereabouts.
* Evan. 563, “Woodhouse 4” [xiii] a little 8vo. of 337 leaves, belongs, like the next two, to the Rev. W.F. Rose, vicar of Worle, and is now undergoing collation. It must once have been a beautiful specimen, but it has experienced ill treatment as well as suffered from damp. It was bound in the West, for an illuminated Latin MS. lines its cover. The binder most barbarously cropped the margin. From St. John xx.17 to the end is missing. This little codex is furnished to an unusual extent with the apparatus usually found in evangelia: viz., pictt. Carp. Tables, Verses, στίχχ. τίτλ. κεφφ. ἀρχ. τέλ.: with liturgical formulæ: and at the end, in a minute hand, Syntax. and Menolog. The headings of the Gospels are executed in lake. It was notably prepared for ecclesiastical use, and abounds in curious liturgical directions—e.g., at the end of St. Matthew xii.23* is found this rubricated note at the foot of the page:—*καὶ εἰς μὲν τὰ ἐκφωνούμενα εὐαγγέλια, γρ. τὸ ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκούειν ἀκοέτω. εἰς δὲ τὸ χύμα, οὐχί: (χύμα,—as I learn from Goar, p. 24, note 28,—signifies ἄνευ μέλους).— After the words οὐδὲ τὴν ὥραν in ch. xxv.13, follows (in red),—ἐν ᾗ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἔρχεται· τέλος ἀρχ. ἡ περιγραφὴ τοῦ ἀληθῆ γράφεται μέν, πλὴν εἰς τὸ τῆς ἡμέρας εὐαγγέλιον. I have never seen that rubric elsewhere.— The text of this codex has been corrected in many places by the original scribe.