A small illuminated manuscript of the Gospels in Syriac Near East, probably Syria,  18th Century

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A small illuminated manuscript of the Gospels in Syriac
Near East, probably Syria, 18th Century

Sold for £ 4,062 (US$ 4,941) inc. premium
A small illuminated manuscript of the Gospels in Syriac
Near East, probably Syria, 18th Century
Syriac manuscript on paper with some Arabic and Hebrew, 144 leaves, 25 lines to the page written in small Syriac script in brown ink with significant words and phrases in red, inner margins ruled in gold and red, marginal devices in red, two illuminated headpieces in colours and gold with titles in Hebrew, each preceded by indexes, two inscriptions in Arabic at beginning and end of manuscript, loose, some gatherings detached, brown leather gilt, covers with cruciform motif and floral cornerpieces, spine with gilt legend EVANGELIUM SYRIACUM, marbled endpapers, front endpaper with pasted armorial bookplate of 6th Baron Hartwell, rear endpaper with that of Dr John Lee
64 x 50 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Rev. Sir George Lee (1767-1827), 6th (and last) Baron Hartwell, Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire, or his forebears (the 1st Baron Hartwell, Thomas Lee, was created Baron in August 1660).
    Dr John Lee (1783-1866), heir to the above.
    Private UK collection.

    The Arabic inscription states that the manuscript was bought by Archbishop Jibrail of Aleppo for 13 [currency unclear], and was endowed to the Church of Mari Elias.

    For a similar small illuminated copy of the Gospels of an earlier date (August 1554), dedicated to King Ferdinand I, see C. Aboussouan (ed.), Exposition–Le Livre et Liban jusqu'a 1900, Paris 1982, pp. 126–27. For further reading see F. Briquel Chatonnet and M. Debie (edd.), Manuscripts Syriaca: des sources des premiere main, Paris 2015.
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A small illuminated manuscript of the Gospels in Syriac Near East, probably Syria,  18th Century
A small illuminated manuscript of the Gospels in Syriac Near East, probably Syria,  18th Century
A small illuminated manuscript of the Gospels in Syriac Near East, probably Syria,  18th Century
A small illuminated manuscript of the Gospels in Syriac Near East, probably Syria,  18th Century
A small illuminated manuscript of the Gospels in Syriac Near East, probably Syria,  18th Century
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