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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  • Qāmūs ṣaghīr lil-lughatayn al-ʿArabīyah wa-al-Iṭāliyānīyah – Little...

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/38
    Dictionary Arabic-Italian. Physical condition of originals: 178 ff. but 161r-177v empty; 185x165 mm machine paper, black ink; edges tinted yellow. Cover -yellow leather. Good condition. ...
  • Qānūn al-tijārah -The statute for commerce

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/39
    Commercial Law. Physical condition of originals: 234 ff., 1r-9v & 227r-234r empty; 180x115 mm machine paper with stamps; black ink. Cover: black leater tooled with gilt ornament, front, back, spine (basket with flowers, arabesques). Perfect condition. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Kitāb muqaddas - Holy Book

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/41
    Excerpt from the Od Testament. Physical condition of originals: 585 pp.; 170x110 mm machine paper, watermarks; black ink. Cover: blackcardboards, dilded stamped title in the spine. Perfect condition. ...
  • Qānūn al-thālithah li-Mārī Fransīs – Rules of the Third Order of St Francis

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/42
    Manual of the Franciscans. Physical condition of originals: 67ff. + 4 pp.; 165x110 mm hand-made paper; black & red ink. Cover: marbled cardboard, linnen on spine. Rubricated titles of the chapters. Condition: some ff. affected by insects; cover particularl ...
  • 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 ...
  • Octoechos (Greek-Catholic)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/44
    Chant book. Physical condition of originals: 71 ff.; 116x115 mm hand-made paper, watermarks; black & red ink; Cover: cardboards covered by brown leather tooled (intricate ornamen); Decoration: some chapters introduced by simple headings. Condition: affecte ...
  • Kitāb muqaddas - Holy Book

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/45
    Excerpts from the Old Testament for meditation. Physical condition of originals: 84 pp.; 130x90 mm hand-made paper; visible rulling; black, red ink. Cover: black cardboard, title stamped gold. Condition: good but book-block detached from the cover. ...
  • Kitāb muqaddas - Holy Book

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/46
    Selection of the Old Testament texts for meditations. Physical condition of originals: 36 pp.; 160x110 mm hand-made paper; black ink. Cover: black cardboard, title stamped at the front in gold. Condition - excellent. ...
  • Kitāb murshid al-khāliʾ fī sir al-iʾtrʿāf… qad allafahu al-Anbā Būlus...

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/47
    Instructions concerning penitention. Physical condition of originals: 142 ff. + 3;155x100 mm paper, black & red ink; cover: red leather, tooled. Condition: book-block badly damaged by worms and water stains. ...
  • Usbūʿ al-ʾālām – Passion Week

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/48
    Directions and explanations for the Passion Week; copied from the printed ed., Milano 1982. Physical condition of originals: 672 ff.; 155x105 paper; black and red ink. Cover: red leather, tooled. Condition: book-block heavy damaged by worms and water stain ...
  • Kitāb thalāthat ṣalawāt iklīl Sayydatinā al-ʿAdhrā faraḣan wa-riyāḋah ʿalá...

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/49
    Manual of the Franciscan order. Physical condition of originals: 172 ff.; 160x115 mm hand-made paper, same at the beginning & end tinted red & yellow; black & red ink. Cover: dark red skin, marbled pastedowns. Condition: good, one quire loose. ...
  • Īṣāḥ al-ḥqq al-mustatar - Explication of the hidden truth

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/50
    Explenation concerning the Church Council in Chalcedon. Physical condition of originals: 194 ff.; 150x110 mm hand-made paper; black and red ink. Cover: brown leather, metal clasps, leather strips missing. Condition: mss heavy affected by insects, book-bloc ...
  • Risalāt & Ṣalāh - Spiritual tract & prayers

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/51
    Miscellanea: two spiritual tracts and 2 prayers; written in Aleppo. Physical condition of originals: 199 ff. 192r-197v empty+ 2 emty folios at the beginning; 155x100 mm hand-made paper, watermarks; black & red inks; Decoration: text within three-coulored f ...
  • 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 ...