Accession number: 
MS M.588
Egypt, Mar. 8, 842.
Ancient binding: Upper and lower board rounded at spine edge, made of papyrus cartonnage. 4 board attachments of 3 windings of heavy Z twisted thread joined along edge of lower board with single thread; diagonal thread going from end of each winding to edge of the board about halfway between the attachments; 5 attachments in front board, 1 at tail of 4 or 5 windings, the others of 3; windings at head and tail without diagonal threads attached; 2 attaching threads along edge of the board. Headbands tied down with fine, reddish thread in both boards. Pieces of leather under cover along spine edge of boards perhaps are remains of spine lining. Covered in goatskin with turn-ins cut short of the spine at ehad and tail and corners overlapped with fore-edge fold on top; decorated with geometric patternmade up of fillets, annules, and small stars within outer frames. Remains of 7 fastenings, loops on lower board, and tails of lifting tabs (?) and bookmarks inside both boards. According to Petersen, the binding of Pierpont Morgan Library Ms M.586 (Depuydt, no. 174) was almost certainly created by the same binder. (Binding for M.588 is cataloged separately as MS M.588A.)
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911.
33 leaves (2 columns, 38-41 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 344 x 285 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. Mercurius the general (St. Mercurius of Caesarea); written and illuminated at the Monastery of Kalamōn, in the Fayyūm Province, Egypt, and dated Baramhāt 12, AM 558, 5th indiction, AH 227 (i.e., Wednesday, Mar. 8, 842).
Colophons: fol. 1v: Artist-copyist in Coptic: By Zakh(arias); 2) fol. 31r: Date of copying in Greek: Baramhāt 12 AM 588, 5th indication, AH 227 (Wednesday March 8, 842); 3) fol. 31r: Copyist, place of copying in Greek: By Zakharias, priest and copyist of the Monastery of Kalamōn, son of [...] likewise copyist of Heracleopolis and (?) his brother, a servant of (?) the aforesaid (monastery); 4) fol. 31v: Donation in Coptic: To the Monastery of St. Michael near present-day Hamuli.
Written area ca. 280 x 221 mm. Divisions: Brown leather tabs fastened to fore-edge of fols. 9, 27 at major divisions of the codex; title with dividers above and below, setting off Miracles by Mercurius, enlarged initial and paragraphus sign (vine-scroll coronis) setting off subdivisions at fols. 14v, 16v, 18v, 19v (large coronis), 21v; ekthesis, enlarged initials, and paragraphus sign (reddened zeta-shaped coronis, reddened obelus, small vine-scroll coronis) setting off paragraphs. Exceeding letters of last line of recto occasionally written below end of the line and encompassed by a red stroke, twice below column a of fols. 8r and 9r.
Script: Upright (titles and colophons right-sloping). 10 lines = ca. 73 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: Raised reddened dot in conjunction with a space; sometimes reddened colon and space filler at ends of paragraphs. No tremas.
Collation: Signed on first and last page of the quire, top inner margin. Quire ornaments. No monograms, headlines or catchwords.
Artist and Scribe: Zakharias.
Zakharias also copied M.586.
Decoration: frontispiece, headpieces, tailpiece ornaments, paragraphus signs, signatures and page numbers, extended letters. Colors: moderate reddish orange (Centroid 37), moderate yellow (87).

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect