Hagiographic and homiletic miscellany.

Accession number: 
MS M.598
Hagiographic and homiletic miscellany.
Egypt, 822-914.
Ancient binding: Fragmentary upper and lower covers of leather, over papyrus boards (almost competely wanting). This was tentatively identified by Petersen with Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.663bis(4), a binding from Hamuli (Dupuydt, no. 393) (Binding cataloged separately as MS M.598A.)
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1914) in 1911.
21 leaves (2 columns, 31 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 332 x 270 mm
Monastery of Saint Michael (Dayr al-Malāk Mīkhāʾil); found in 1910 near the village of Hamuli, Fayyūm Province, Egypt, at the site of the Monastery of Saint Michael; purchased in Paris in 1911 for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Arthur Sambon, a dealer acting in behalf of a consortium of owners including a certain J. Kalebdian; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Manuscript hagiographic and homiletic miscellany; written and illuminated in Egypt between 822 and 914.
Two sewing repairs.
Colophons: 1) fol. 21v: Donation in Coptic: By a "god-loving woman," unnamed, to the Monastery of St. Apa [...] of Tersō-the-Deserted.
Written area ca. 280 x 196 mm. Divisions: Leather tab fastened to center of fore-edge of fol. 9 at major divison of the codex; ekthesis, reddened slightly enlarged initial, and paragraphus sign setting off paragraphs. Exceeding letters of last line of recto rarely written below end of the line (fols. 13, 15).
Script: Upright (titles and colophons right-sloping). 10 lines = ca. 72 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: Raised reddened dot in conjunction with a space; 2 or more reddened dots with or without a reddened space filler at ends of paragraphs. Tremas.
Collation: Signed on first and last page of the quire, top inner margin. No quire ornaments, monograms, headlines or catchwords.
The text is very fragmentary--Cf. Depuydt.
The figure and tradition of Evodius are pure invention--Cf. Coptic Ency.
Decoration: headpieces, tailpiece ornaments, marginal ornament, paragrphus signs, page numbers, extended letters. Colors: red and yellow(?); chemically altered.

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect