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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  • Arabic manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/2
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  • Greek Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/5
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  • Taṣrīf al-fiʿl - conjugation of verbs

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/43
    Arabic grammar. Physical condition of originals: 110 ff.; 160x110 mm hand-made paper; black & red ink. Cover: cardboard covered by brown leather, blind tooling. Decoration: numbering of ff. and end-pieces of some sections ornamented. Good condition despite ...
  • Haddamah al-ʾasrā – Secret Services

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/52
    Ritual of the Roman Church. Physical condition of originals: 74 ff.;165x110 mm hand-made paper; black & red ink; Decoration f. 25r coloured drawing of a man armed with sword, smoking a water-pipe? accompanied by a dog and a ram? Cover: cardboards, spine re ...
  • Qāmūs al-ʿArabīyah wa-al-ʾIsbānī

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/59
    Dictionary Spanish-Arabic. Physical condition of originals: 433 ff.; 290x205 mm hand-made paper; black ink. New copver, black leather. Condition: book-block chewed by mice. ...
  • Mawāʿaḍ - sermons/Platicas

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/75
    Sermons transleted to Arabic, titles in Spanish. Physical condition of originals: 364 ff.; 242x168 mm hand-made paper, some pages tinted, watermarks. Decorative ending p. 330. Cover: brown leather. Condition: slightly affected by insects, at the beg. stain ...
  • Ejercicios referentes a la Lengua Arabe

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/80
    Exercices in Arabic written in Tanger. Physical condition of originals: 20 f.f; 208x162 mm machine paper; black ink; Cover: marbled cardboard. Good condition. ...
  • Qāmūs al-ʿArabīyah wa-al-ʾIsbānī

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/92
    Dictionary Arabic Spanish. Physical condition of originals: [15] + 317; 325x207 mm hand-made paper; black ink. Cover: cardboards, marbled pastedown and spine, front and back paper imitating silk. ...
  • Miscellanea

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/95
    Various religious texts in 19 fascicles: eg. commenatries on the biblical texts, benedictions, sermons, paryers, fragments of the church history, horologium, text: Al-sirat al-mustakim ilà makarr al-naim – the way of true sanctification, exercises in trans ...
  • Mağmuʿah - Collection

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/100
    Encyclopedic work in 4 vols containing parts concerning history, geography, natural sciencs, sanctuaries, religious orders & varia. Physical condition of originals: v.I -701 pp., v.II - 615, v.III - 591, v.IV - 532; 200x147 machine paper; black ink. Cover: ...
  • Mawāʿaḍ - sermons

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/128
    Collection of sermons written in Damascus. Physical condition of originals: 55 ff.; 225x160x15 mm hand-made paper; black & red ink.Wrongly written passages and words changed to floral decoration (cf.eg. ff. 3r-v, 7r ). Cover-brown leather. Condition: paste ...
  • Qāmūs al-ʿArabīyah wa-al-ʾIsbānī

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/129
    Phraseological dictionary Spanish-Arabic. Physical condition of originals: 180 ff:; 160x105 mm hand-made paper, watermarks; black ink. Cover: black leather, tooled, text markers of fabric. Condition: spine attacked by insects is falling off, two clasps mis ...
  • [Title not supplied]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/4
    Physical condition of originals: 256 ff; 209 x 162 mm paper; black ink. Cover: dark red leather, stamped gilded ornament. Condition: good. ...
  • [Title not supplied]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/7
    Physical condition of originals: 122ff; 210 x 160 mm paper; black ink; Condition: text not complete, cover missing. ...