Elthōmen loipon kai epi tous euangelistas kai apostolous...

Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
Ancient Greek (to 1453)
Late12th-13th centuries with inserted 13th-century miniatures.
ii, 240, ii : parchment ; 18.8/19.0 x 15.5 cm (12.0 x 10.5 cm)


  • Layout: 22 long lines per page (fols. 1v-2r: 26-27 long lines; fols. 231v-239v: 22-24 long lines per page). Hardpoint ruling, with pattern similar to Leroy and Sautel 44B1. Some prick-marks are visible in the upper and lower margins about 4-8 mm from the edge of the parchment. Modern foliation in pencil in the upper right corner of each recto.
  • Script: The entire manuscript, except fol. 188r-v, was written by a single scribe in a round minuscule, with many ligatures and few abbreviations, in dark brown ink. Titles of the gospels are in epigraphic majuscule script, with liturgical references in alexandrinischer Auszeichnungsmaiuskel, written in red ink. The prologues are written in a smaller script. There are also several notes by different hands, all in brown ink.
  • Decoration: The manuscript has headpieces that may well have been executed by the scribe himself. Each headpiece is topped by a small cross on steps, flanked by the apotropaic acronyms IC XC NI KA or EEEE. Into this manuscript have been inserted three folios of a slightly different parchment, containing four ink drawings lightly washed with light blue, pale brown, and pink. Three of the drawings are evangelist portraits, while on the recto of the portrait of John are images of Christ Pantokrator and the Virgin. All of the drawings seem to have been executed by the same hand.
Binding note
Armorial binding, measuring (20.0 x 15.7 cm), made of old Russia calf over pasteboard, with gold-embossed decoration on the spine and edges of the front and back boards. Spine title: “QUATUOR EVANGELIA GRAECE MS.; the Marlborough arms on the outside of the front and back covers. Contemporary marbled paper pastedowns.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett (1875-1961), Princeton University Class of 1897, to the Princeton University Library in 1942.
Publications about
Kotzabassi, Sofia. Greek manuscripts at Princeton, sixth to nineteenth century: a descriptive catalogue. Princeton, N.J. : Department of Art and Archaeology and Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University : in association with Princeton University Press, 2010.
Cite as
Garrett MS. 7, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other title(s)
Garrett MS. 7
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