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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  • [Collection of Sermons]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/115
    Collection of sermons. Physical condition of originals: 367 ff; 212 x 148 mm Hand-made paper; black ink; unsewn quires kept within a cover made of white skinn with 4laces. Good condition. ...
  • Practica de la humlidad

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/138
    Spiritual exercices. Physical condition of originals: 33 ff; 148 x 104 mm Hand-made paper; black ink. Cover: piece of parchment. Good condition. ...
  • Miscellanea

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/155
    Collection of sermons; text on the sacrament of confession. Physical condition of originals: 543 ff; 205 x 157 mm Various kinds of paper and ink (black); unbound. ...