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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  • Subsidio a geographia, chronologia e historia

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/44
    Geographical and historical compendium. Physical condition of originals: 347 pp; 153 x 100 mm Paper, edges dotted blue; black ink. Cover: marbled cardboard, spine of brown tooled leather. Condition: good. ...
  • Explicações de Arithmetica

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/45
    Manual for arithmetic. Physical condition of originals: 331 ff; 150 x 101 mm Paper, edges dotted blue; black ink. Cover: marbled cardboard, spine guilded, tooled leather. Condition: very good. ...
  • Algebra

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/46
    Manual for algebra. Physical condition of originals: 418 pp; 147 x 100 mm Paper, edges dotted blue; brown ink. Cover: marbled cardboard, spine leather, stamped and guilded. Condition: very good. ...
  • Historia

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/86
    Manual for history, part 1. Physical condition of originals: 413 pp; 155 x 100 mm Thin paper, coloured & dotted blue; black ink. Cover: marbled paper, leather spine, stamped and gilded. Condition: spine damaged by inscets. ...
  • Direito Civil Portuguez

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/128
    Portugal civil rights part 1. Physical condition of originals: 510 pp but begins from p. 175; 203 x 123 mm Hand-made paper; black ink. Cover: marbled, yellow cardboard., leather spine. Good condition. ...
  • Explicação a Waldeck dada no anno de 1870-1871

    File Ref: EAP823/1/8/129
    Course in Roman law. Physical condition of originals: 548 pp; 208 x 133 mm Paper; black ink. Cover: blue, marbled cardboard, spine: imitation of leather. Good condition. ...