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Madrid, El Escorial, 455 (ψ.ii.20)


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  • Appr. Date: 13th c. (13th c.)
  • Genres: Religious misc.
  • Illustrations: No


Revilla-Andrés 455.
Nota Antiqua ψ.ii.20.
Miller no. 451.

Parchment, 13th cent., with four folios of paper. A religious miscellany.

Table by Νικόλαος Τουρριανός (alias Ντελατόρος ὁ Κρής, alias Nicolás de la Torre). See link in Online Resources for an image of his hand in Scorialensis 68.

The outer upper corner of fol. 6 missing, and most of fol. 7. Holes in fols. 36 and 116. Fols. 133-134 seem to have had considerable pieces cut out at the bottom.

Catalogue, subsection 16 (Nicephorus the Monk): reads "ed. in Byz. Zeitschr. 16 [1899]". In our copy of the catalogue, someone has scratched out "16" and written "8".

The final pages of the manuscript are in Revilla & Andrés's catalogue under subsection 23 (p. 49), apparently a dialogue of sorts. The Ἑρμηνεία μερικὴ τοῦ ψαλτῆρος (catalogue subsection 59) apparently goes past 142v. Fol. 144r desinit «...οὔτε μετανοῆσαι δύνανται οὔτε ἐξομολογῆσαι καὶ τυχεῖν ἐλέους.» 144v is obscure in the film and would probably require autopsy. It ends, «...ἐκ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, [ἣ] ἐξ [ἐ]ναντ[ί]ας τῆς τραπέζης τῶν Ἑλλήνων καὶ ἀπίστων ἐστίν· φθοροποι(οῦσα?) ἐκείνη καὶ ἀνόλεθρος.» There's room on the page after the text, which has been filled with probationes pennæ of human hands. There then appears from the films to have been a page torn out, followed  by wooden binding.

At the top of 136v is a sort of dirty riddle: «[broken off] [καλὸν ποὺ] γληφοι κολω· καὶ τοὺ κόλου ἐλάσαντος· τὰ ἐντάφεια του κόλου ἀποσευ[εται] | ἑρμηνεία: καλὸν ἔνει ὁ ποὺ γλήφοι κόκαλο· καὶ τζακήσοντα τὸ κόκκαλο ναφάει τοῦ [obscure.]» Qui habet oculos legendi...

The Escorial Library have put the whole of Revilla & Andrés’s excellent catalogue online in pdf/aspx format (see Online Resources), but navigating it can be slightly tricky and deserves comment. It’s in fifteen parts, as follows:

1/15: Vol. 1 (Revilla), pp. i-cxxxv (prologue, corrigenda &c.).
2/15: Vol. 1 (Revilla), pp. 001-100 (codd. 1-24 [r.i.1—r.ii.4]).
3/15: Vol. 1 (Revilla), pp. 100-200 (codd. 25-58 [r.ii.5—r.iii.24]).
4/15: Vol. 1 (Revilla), pp. 201-309 (codd. 59-87 [r.iii.25—σ.ii.7]).
5/15: Vol. 1 (Revilla), pp. 310-402 (codd. 88-124 [σ.ii.8—τ.i.4]).
6/15: Vol. 1 (Revilla), pp. 404-501 (codd. 125-157 [τ.i.5—τ.i.18]).
7/15: Vol. 1 (Revilla), pp. 502-560 (codd. 158-178 [τ.ii.19—τ.iii.18] and indices).
8/15: Vol. 2 (Andrés), pp. i-xvi (prologue) and 001-095 (codd. 179—251 [φ.i.1-υ.i.12]).
9/15: Vol. 2 (Andrés), pp. 096-193 (codd. 252-308 [υ.i.13—y.i.15]).
10/15: Vol. 2 (Andrés), pp.193-282 (codd. 309-372 [y.ii.1—χ.ii.12]).
11/15: Vol. 2 (Andrés), pp. 283-357 (codd. 373-420 [χ.ii.13—χ.iv.25]).
12/15: Vol. 3 (Andrés), pp. 001-119 (codd. 421-503 [ψ.i.1—ω.i.2]).
13/15: Vol. 3 (Andrés), pp. 120-203 (codd. 504-551 [ω.i.3—ω.iii.18]).
14/15: Vol. 3 (Andrés), pp. 204-263 (codd. 552-649 [ω.iii.19—82.vii.22]).
15/15: Vol. 3 (Andrés), pp. 265-368 (indices).