MENOLOGION WITH LIVES OF SAINTS

MS 192
MS Short Title MENOLOGION WITH LIVES OF SAINTS
Text MENOLOGION, FOR SEPTEMBER, WITH THE LIVES OF 38 SAINTS, FROM SYMEON STYLITES (1 SEPT.) TO GREGORIOS OF GREAT ARMENIA (30 SEPT.)
Description MS in Greek on vellum, probably Constantinople, 11th c., 266 ff., (complete), 32x24 cm, 2 columns, (23x18 cm), 28 lines in an expert Greek minuscule of highest quality, table of contents and incipits throughout in Alexandrian half-uncial in burnished gold, ca. 750 initials set out in margins in gold, 26 large illuminated headpieces in various elaborate styles of foliage, ropework, geometric designs and flowers in gold and colours with elaborate interlaced ornamental gold initials below.
Binding Greece(?), modern blind-stamped calf over wooden boards, chain stitches on 5 sewing stations, spine raised "alla Grecca".
Provenance 1. Monastery of Dionysious Mt. Athos, MS 49 (-1960); 2. Sotheby's 6.12.1988:25. Deaccession December 2010.
Commentary Extremely high quality in script and lay-out, possibly written in the Imperial scriptorium. Opening volume for September, with lives of the saints in the version compiled ca. 960 by Simeon Metaphrastes.
Place of origin Constantinople
Dates 11c AD

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