Accession number: 
MS M.571
Egypt, ca. 822/23-913/14.
Current binding: Rebound by Marguerite Duprez Lahey; current binding incorporates two single parchment flyleaves.
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911.
83 leaves (2 columns, 38-43 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 357 x 170 mm
Monastery of Saint Michael (Dayr al-Malāk Mīkhāʼil); 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 Pauline Epistles; written and illuminated in Egypt, ca. 822/23-913/14.
Text is very fragmentary; all leaves inlaid in parchment.
Colophon on fol. 83r (very fragmentary): Donation in Coptic: "By [...]; to the Monastery of Apa E[...]."--Cf. van Lantschoot, no. 2, n. 2.
Written area ca. 284 x ? mm. Divisions: Leather tabs fastened to fore-edge at beginning of the Epistles, placed one below the ohter in descending order from the beginning to the end of the codex, at fols. 17 (1 Corinthians), 31 (2 Corinthians), 40 (Hebrews), 52 (Galatians), 56 (Ephesians), 62 (Philippians), 65 (Colossians, 68 (1 Thessalonians), 71 (2 Thessalonians), 73 (1 Timothy), 77 (2 Timothy), 80 (Titus), 82 (Philemon); each Epistle preceded and followed by its title, the 2 titles being set off together above and below by a double divider and separated from one another by 2 dividers at fols. 17v, 31r, 65v, 73v, 77v, 80v, 82r (others wanting); ekthesis, enlarged or major initials, and mostly a paragraphus sign setting off paragraphs; ancient chapter numbers sometimes written in the margin by initials; some passages, especially quotations, marked by a small diple in margin of each line. Exceeding letters of the last line of rectos written below the end of the line on ca. 1 per 16 leaves.
Script: Upright. 10 lines = ca. 70 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: Raised dot in conjunction with a space. Tremas.
Collation: Fragmentary headlines. No remains of signatures, quire ornaments, monograms, or catchwords.
Decoration: Frontispieces (fragmentary) on fols. 1v and 2v: Paul within a decorative frame of vines (?). Headpiece on fol. 3v (too fragmentary to allow description). Marginal ornaments on tail of fol. 6r: bird. Pragraphus signs: coronis: budded, vine-scroll, both painted; obelus: horizontal surmounted by circle, aslo in pairs above and below initials. Page numbers: with double horizontal rule above and below, and often decorated with strokes. Extended letters. Colors: green, orange, yellow, all chemically altered.
Several sewing repairs, e.g. at fols. 17, 41, 63.

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect