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Detailed record for Egerton 3155

Title Leitourgikon (containing the texts needed by the celebrant at the Eucharist in the Orothodox church: Liturgies of John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, and the Presanctified)
Origin Eastern Mediterranean (Constantinople)
Date 1644
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Michael, oikonomos, or treasurer of the diocese of Brusa, working in Constantinople
Decoration 2 full-page miniatures in colours and gold of standing saints (ff. 2v, 21v ). 3 large historiated headpieces in colours and gold (ff. 3, 22, 49). Large historiated initials in colours and gold (ff. 3, 6, 20v, 22, 24, 31v, 47). Large initials in red and gold and usually blue, with foliate decoration, and sometimes faces or a blessing hand, or animals or hybrids (e.g., ff. 7, 9v). Initials in gold, and sometimes blue. Text in gold (chrysography). Initials in blue. Text in red.
Dimensions in mm 225 x 155 (145 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 60 ( + 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end + 2 unfoliated paper leaves after f. 59
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Turkish 17th-century dark red leather, with gold stamping, with flap.
Provenance Written in 1644 by Michael, oikonomos, or treasurer of the diocese of Brusa, at Constantinople: inscription dated 11 October 1644 (ff. 38v, 58v).
Inscription in pencil 'Le Livre de Messe Graek MS' and '60' (f. 1).
Purchased from Messrs Luzac in 1939 by the British Museum, using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829)..
Select bibliography F. Wormald, 'A Post-Medieval Illuminated Manuscript from Constantinople', British Museum Quarterly 13 (1938/1939), 82-84, pls.xxiv, xxxv.

The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1936-1945, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1970), I, no. Eg. 3155.

The Christian Orient (London: British Library, 1978), no. 17, pl. 17 [exhibition catalogue].

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, 281-282.


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John Chrysostom

f. 2v
John Chrysostom
Basil

f. 21v
Basil

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