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Manchester, John Rylands Library, Armenian 3


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 16th c. (16th c. (1544))
  • Genres: Novel
  • Illustrations: Yes


Alexander Romance, copied and painted by Zak'aria, Bishop of Gnunik, anno 1544 in Constantinople.

Kiwrtean's catalogue (see Bibliography) not on WorldCat and not easily available outside University of Manchester Library (olim John Rylands Library). For brief overview of collection and details for Codd. 3, 10 and 20 [our MAN.1.1], see Agémian in Bibliography. (She mentions for this manuscript a "[d]escription détaillée des miniatures et comparaison simultanée avec celles du Venise 424 (français et anglais)" but does not give bibliographical information and does not have a Venice 424 in her own catalogue. Inveniat qui possit.)

For greater detail, see Nersessian in Bibliography (ISBN 0712349057; 1300+ pages; still forthcoming as of this writing; includes Manchester, whereas his Armenian Illuminated Gospel Books covers only the British Library, and his Catalogue of Early Armenian Books only the British Library and Bodley.)

4r Nectanebo the Lecanomancer.

See "Manuscript Image" in Online Resources for 108v (Alexander with siren-like creatures).

Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle,
Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heaven
It was my hint to speak,—such was the process—
And of the Cannibals that each other eat,
The Anthropophagi and men whose heads
Do grow beneath their shoulders.


  • A Catalogue of the Armenian Manuscripts in the British Library Acquired since the Year 1913 and of Collections in Other Libraries in the United Kingdom (Open in Zotero)
  • Archives Sirarpie der Nersessian (Open in Zotero)
  • A Short Catalogue of the Armenian Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library Manchester (Open in Zotero)