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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  • Risālh - collection

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/40
    Miscellanea: religious texts. Physical condition of originals: 44 ff.; 175x120 mm hand-made paper, watermarks; black & red ink; Cover: brown leather, tooled; Condition: cover worn at the edges and spine. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kontakarion

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/1
    Physical condition of originals: [3] +714 pp; 170x118 mm Smoothed Arab paper, edges tinted red; black & red ink; Decoration: Floral heading f. 1r, floral vignettes in red on the margins ; Cover: Cardborads with imitation of leather on spine and corners. Pe ...
  • Ekklesiastike mousike

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/2
    Physical condition of originals: 107 ff; 185 x 120 mm paper; black & red ink. Cover: cardboards coated with fabric. Bad condition: spine falling off, book-block affected by insekts. ...
  • Grammatica graeca

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/3
    Physical condition of originals: 267 pp; 196 x 142 mm paper; black ink; Cover: marbled cardboards, imitation of leater on spine and corners. Perfect condition. ...
  • [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. ...
  • Added on f.1r: Vida de la Vergen Santissima Senora Nuestra

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/5
    Physical condition of originals: 63 ff; 217 x 162 mm paper; black ink; f.1r ornamental heading. Cover: parchment page from a manuscript with musical notation. Condition: book-block affected by worms. ...
  • Added on the front pastedown:Moral tract

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/6
    Physical condition of originals: 233 ff; 222 x 162 mm paper, various types; black ink. Cover: cardboards coated with marble paper. Condition: badly affected by worms, spine falling off, beginning of the text missing. ...
  • [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. ...
  • [Title not supplied]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/8
    Physical condition of originals: 130 ff; 206 x 147 mm paper; black ink. Cover: white leather; several unbound folios. Condition: good. ...
  • Declanaçion de la Gramatica Griega Vulgar

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/9
    Physical condition of originals: 183 pp; 207 x 151 mm paper; black ink. Cover: 2 folios of a Latin manuscript. Condition: spine falling off, affected by insects. ...
  • Esplicasion de la Doctrina Cristiana en Griego

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/10
    Physical condition of originals: 169 ff; 163 x 108 mm paper; black ink. Cover: folio of a Syriac manuscript. ...
  • Gramatica Española-Griega. Predicas Liturgicas

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/11
    Physical condition of originals: 527 pp; 225 x 175 mm paper; black ink; unbound, quires not sewn. ...
  • [Title not supplied]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/5/12
    Physical condition of originals: 244 ff.; 360 x 240 mm paper; black & brown. Unbound quires. Condition: good but on some pages water and ink smears; beginning and the end of text missing. ...