Accession number: 
MS M.587
Egypt, 897-901.
Ancient binding: According to Petersen, upper and lower covers, and the back (broken), of leather, over papyrus boards; the papyrus leaves used for the boards contain a martyrdom in Sahidic; leaves of the same disued codex were used for the boards of Pierpont Morgan Library MS M.597. (Binding for MS M.587 is catalogued separately as MS M.587A.)
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1914) in 1911.
112 leaves (2 columns, 32-33 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 341 x 262 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 miscellany in honor of St. Claudius of Antioch; written and illuminated in Egypt and in the Ousian region of Egypt, between 897 and 901.
Roughly a ninth of leaves have sewing repairs.
Colophons: 1) fol. 111v: Copyist (?) in Greek: A monogram reding from bottom to top followed "Deacon;" 2) fol. 111v: Original donation, second donation in Coptic: Originally by Apa Petros the blind to [...]; then to the Monastery of St. Michael near present-day Hamuli; 3) fol. 111v: Copyist in Coptic: By Mikhaēl (or possibly Deacon Khaēl); 4) fol. 112r: Memorial in Coptic: For Deacon Hēlia son of Papa [Iōannēs], both leaders (proestotes) of the Monastery of St. Michael, and likewise for Deacon Makarï son of Papa [Iōannēs], Papa Pauli, Papa Gabri, Papa Theodoros, Deacon Steph(e)n, the brother Azarias, "and their successors;" 5) fol. 112r: Copyist in Greek: By the priest Phil(o)th(e), son of Petros, from the region of Ousian; 6) fol. 112r: Memorial in Coptic: For Apa Biktor, bishop of Faiyum City.
Colophons 4-6 are by Phil(o)th(e), as is perhaps colophon 2. Phil(o)th(e) is also responsible for colophon 3 of Ms 3811 in Cario.
Text edited and translated into French by Gordon.
A leaf belonging between fol. 34 and 35 is wanting and is now in Freiburg im Breisgau (Hyvernat, No. 42); fol. 70 is lacking.
Written area ca. 266 x 192 mm. Divisions: Brown leather tabs fastened to fore-edge of fols. 33, 43, and 74 at major divisions of the codex; ekthesis, reddened enlarged or greatly enlarged initial, and paragraphus sign setting off paragraphs; many passages, typically quotations, marked by a small diple in margin of each line. Exceeding letters of last line of the column written below end of the line in fols. 51r, 72r, and in column a of fol. 57r.
Script: Upright (titles and columns right-sloping). 10 lines = ca. 81 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: Raised reddened dot in conjunction with a space; sometimes reddened colon with reddened space filler at ends of paragraphs. Tremas.
Collation: Signed on first page of the quire, top inner margin (only the frames are executed for the final signature on the last page of the quire, top inner margin). No quire ornaments, except in the tail margin of fols. 27v and 28r; No monograms, headlines or catchwords.
Scribes: Mikhaēl, and Philothe of Ousian.
Decoration: frontispiece of large decorative cross of knotted rope interlace (very fragmentary), headpieces, tailpiece ornaments, marginal ornaments, initial, paragraphus signs, signatures and page numbers, extended letters. Colors: dark orange (Centroid 51), strong yellow (84), green (chemically altered).
Related fragments (completing the text block) include Freiburg Hs 699.

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect