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Detailed record for King's 16

ff. 2-281 
Author Homer
Title Iliad, each book except book I preceded by one or two monostich summaries; prose hypothesis at the start of book II (f. 13); scholia relating to book I 331-341 (ff. 7v-8).
 
f. 1 
Title Brief lives of Homer
 
f. 1v 
Title Two prose hypotheses
 
Origin Italy
Date 1431
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Christopher Trapezuntios
Decoration Large gold initial with green vine-stems on blue and red grounds (f. 2). Large red or blue initials with penwork decoration. Small red simple initials.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 180 (170 x 100)
Official foliation ff. iv + 285 (ff. i-iii and 283-285 are paper flyleaves; f. 282 is a parchment flyleaf)
Collation i-ii10 (ff. iv-19); iii10+1 (ff. 20-30); iv-x10 (ff. 31-100); xi4 (ff. 101-104); xii10 (ff. 105-114); xii8 (ff. 115-122); xiv-xix10 (ff. 123-182); xx8 (ff. 183-190); xxi-xxv10 (ff. 191-240); xxvi-xxvii8 (ff. 241-256); xxviii-xxix10 (ff. 257-276); xxxfive (ff. 277-281) without loss of text
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Consul' Smith binding of Venetian sprinkled calf; the covers with added gilt-stamped insignia of George III; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance Written by Christopher Trapezuntios in 1431 (colophon, f. 281).
Joseph Smith (b. 1673/4?, d. 1770), book collector and patron of the arts (see Bibliotheca Smithiana seu catalogus librorum Josephi Smithii Angli per cognomina authorum dispositus, Addenda, & Corrigenda in superiori Catalogo (Venice: Pasquali, 1755), p. 34; sold to King George III, along with the bulk of Smith's library and art collection, in 1762.
King George III (b. 1738, d. 1820).
Given to the British Museum by King George IV in 1823 as part of the library of King George III.
Select bibliography Palaeographical Society, Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Series I, ed. by E. A. Bond and E. M. Thompson, 3 vols (London: Clowes and Sons, 1873-1883), I, pl. 158 (bound as 65).

E. Maunde Thompson, ‘Catalogue of Classical Manuscripts’, Classical Review, 2 (1888), 102-4, 171-4; 3 (1889), 149-55, 440-5 (p. 103 no. 7).

W. Leaf, 'The Manuscripts of the Iliad,' Journal of Philology, 20 (1892), 237-51 (p. 240).

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), III: Description of the King’s Manuscripts and Indexes to both Collections, p. 7.

Homeri Ilias, ed. by Thomas W. Allen, 3 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931), I, 12, 171-2.

Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3-1, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. 385.

Frances Vivian, The Consul Smith Collection: Masterpieces of Italian Drawing from the Royal Library, Windsor, Raphael to Canaletto (Munich: Hirmer, 1989), p. 43 n. 96.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, 219.


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Homer Iliad, each book except book I preceded by one or two monostich summaries; prose hypothesis at the start of book II (f. 13); scholia relating to book I 331-341 (ff. 7v-8).
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