[B-Greek] More Greek Manuscripts Digitised by the British Library

Arp, Sophie Sophie.Arp at bl.uk
Thu Jun 9 06:16:23 EDT 2011


Phase two of the British Library's project to digitise all of its ca.
1,000 Greek manuscripts is now well under way. This phase (also
generously funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
<http://www.snf.org/> ) will digitise and make publicly available a
further 250 manuscripts, adding to the 284 manuscripts digitised in
phase one. We are currently about half way through this second phase and
plan to publish the digitised manuscripts in batches during the rest of
this year on our Digitised Manuscripts <http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts>
viewer. 

A new batch of manuscripts has now been published online, and contains
24 manuscripts ranging in date from the tenth to the nineteenth
centuries. They include a group of illustrated medieval manuscripts of
the gospels, formerly owned by the celebrated English physician and book
collector Anthony Askew (fl. 1699-1774), acquired by the British Museum
in 1775. Also included is a tenth-century parchment manuscript of Old
Testament fragments (Add MS 20002), acquired in parts from Sinai by
Constantin von Tischendorf (1815-1874) during his second journey to the
East in 1853, which came to the British Museum in 1854. Another part of
this manuscript is housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford (Bodleian
Auct. T. infr. ii. 1). A further highlight is an eleventh-century
manuscript of Symeon Metaphrastes's Saints' Lives for December (Add MS
11870), which bears ownership marks of Cardinal Salviati (d. 1553) and
Pope Pius VI (1775-1779). 

 



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