Manuscript Collection at Monastery of St Saviour in Old Jerusalem

The collection contains 553 codices and rotuli, dating from the 12th to the 20th century and written in eight languages: Ethiopic, Arabic, Armenian, Corali, Greek, Hebrew, Miniati, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Coptic and Syriac. The texts present great variety and contain theological and philosophical treatises, biblical and liturgical books, dictionaries, profane and religious poetry, collections of sermons, pilgrim accounts, and also cooking recipes and magic prayers. Among the books are also rare items, for instance texts written in Armenian and Arabic scripts but in Turkish language or the fragments of Byzantine manuscripts used for binding as the fly-leaves. A special group is made up by large size liturgical books with musical notations, produced for monastic choirs, as well as precious volumes lavishly decorated and illuminated with miniatures, initials and aniconic ornamentation. Research material of particular value consists of a variety of book covers (leather, textile, metal, decorative cardboards etc) representing diverse binding methods. As the whole, the collection presents a remarkably wide spectrum of Western and Eastern manuscript traditions: Christian, Islamic and Jewish.

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  • Armenian manscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/3
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  • Šarakan

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/1
    Hymnary, not complete; at the beginning inserted a leaf with Greek text (vita Mary the Egyptian). Cover: wooden boards in dark brown leater. Condition: relatively good. Physical condition of originals: 296 ff; 135 x 104 paper; black & red ink. Decoration: ...
  • Girkʾ sēr Astutoy - Book of the Love of God

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/2
    Excerpts from Girkʾ irkpchʾi spʾon mtatatsmantsʾ - Book of the Forest of the Modern Thoughts - collection of sermons. Physical condition of originals: 92 ff; 310 x 210 mm paper; black & red ink. Cover wooden borads covered with dark leather ( embosed, colo ...
  • Ergaran- Songbook

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/3
    Private devotional book. Physical condition of originals: 395 pp (147-395 empty) + 3 pp loose; 140 x 105 mm note book in cardboard cover; black and purple ink; first page decorated with colour decals. ...
  • [Title not supplied]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/12
    Miscellanea: 1.German Chronicle (Italian-Arabic) 2. Marian prayer (Armenian, Grabar) 3. Prayer for children (Armenian, Grabar). Physical condition of originals: 182 ff; 270 x 225 mm paper, blue ink; single leafsand 2 quires and a note book with glued extra ...
  • [Title not supplied]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/13
    Various liturgical texts. Physical condition of originals: 325ff; various paper, several quires unbound of various size; various colour of inks. ...
  • [Title not supplied]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/14
    Collection of sermons. Physical condition of originals: [14 ]+ 728 + [22 ]pp; 210 x 170 mm paper, gilded edges; black & red ink. Decoration: Ornamented capital letters, marker in the form of crosses-rosettes; Cover: wooden boards covered with embossed leat ...
  • Tarazabanutʾyun - Rhetoric

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/15
    Principles of Rhetorics. Physical condition of originals: [2]+89+[17] pp; 235 x 168 mm paper; black & brown ink. Cover: marbled cardboards, leather spine. Good condition. ...
  • Girkʾ sēr Astutoy - Book of the Love of God

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/16
    Collection of sermons also known as "Piccola selva". Physical condition of originals: [2]+498+[11] pp; 225 x 164 mm paper, edges tinted blue; black ink; Cover: red leather tooled, gilded ornament. Perfect condition. ...
  • [Title not supplied]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/3/17
    Sermons for various festivities and on the Book of Jonah. Physical condition of originals: 238 pp; 220 x162 mm paper; black ink; nt bound. Condition, uncomplete; slightly affected by dumpness. ...