Leitourgikon : manuscript, 17th-century.

Manuscript, Book
1 v. (75 leaves) : paper, leather binding ; 23 x 17.5 cm.


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Summary note
Priest's missal, late 16th-17th century, richly decorated, Greek manuscript on paper, 75 leaves, bound in a contemporary binding of brown morocco, with flap extending from front cover over the fore edge and part of cover, with inlaid central medallions on both covers and the flap, with red painted and stamped floral and leaf ornamentation of a gold ground. There are numerous large ornamental initial letters decorated with motifs of serpents, dolphins, fowl, peacocks, flowers and leaves, in gold and colors, with other initials and decorations in colors. The most richly decorated section, the first part (leaves 2-28), consisting of the Liturgy of St. John Chysostom, is written in a fine calligraphic hand. The name of the illuminator, the monk Matthaios, is given in the initial on leaf 20 verso. The illumination is a mixed style found in Greek manuscripts of the late 16th and 17th-centuries, in which traditional Greek, Asian, and Western notions are blended. In this section, the parts which are normally recited by the Priest are assigned to the Patriarch, probably that of Constantinople. The motif of the twined serpents used on the initial on leaf 22 is reminiscent of the serpent column, formerly at Delphi, and which was then and is now preserved at Constantinople. The illumination of the second part, consisting of the Liturgy of St. Basil, is not as rich; the illuminator is the monk Hierotheos, who has signed the initial on leaf 44 verso. Parts 3-7 are Offices for the ordinations of Reader and Chanter, Sub-Deacon, Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. Parts 8-11 are the same offices, in a different hand. A leaf has been excised between leaves 32 and 33, and there is a break in the text between leaves 50-51.
Purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 18 October 1955, for the Cornelius J. Hauck Collection of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Source acquisition
Purchase: Acquired with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund. AM 2007-1.
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