Athens, National Library of Greece ΜΠΤ 114

Φύλλα: 100 Διαστάσεις: 209 × 160 mm.
Blind-tooled dark bown leather over cardboard
Thick pale yellow paper
It has been described by A. Papadopoulos-Kerameus, Ἱεροσολυμιτικὴ Βιβλιοθήκη, ἤτοι κατάλογος τῶν ἐν ταῖς βιβλιοθήκαις τοῦ ἁγιωτάτου ἀποστολικοῦ τε καὶ καθολικοῦ ὀρθοδόξου πατριαρχικοῦ θρόνου τῶν Ἱεροσολύμων καὶ πάσης Παλαιστίνης ἀποκειμένων ἑλληνικῶν κωδίκων, 5 vols., ἐν Πετρουπόλει: B. Kirspaum, 1891-1915, IV, pp. 105-106. It was part of the manuscript collection of the Metochion of the Holy Sepulchre in Istanbul.
The codex is written by a single, not identified, copyist. It is not foliated, with the exception of the 44th, the 47th, the 53rd and the 54th leaves, which are numbered 44, 47, 53 and 54 respectively, by a later hand. Originally, it was arranged in 14 quaternions. The first 9 quaternions are numbered in Roman numerals by a later hand in the upper right corner. The 8th quaternion has been cut out, as well as the last 2 leaves of the 7th and the first 2 leaves of the 9th. The persent quire structure of the codex is the following: 1-5(5.IV)f.[40] + 6(IV-pos.7,8)f.[46] + 7(IV-pos.1,2)f. [52] + 8-13(6.IV)f. [100].
Papadopoulos-Kerameus dated the codex to the 17th century. However, both the script and the watermarks (coat of arms) point to the late 17th century, and even more probably, to the early 18th century.
The codex originally contained, also, Psellus’ letter to the Patriarch Michael, but it was cut out and taken away. According to Papadopoulos-Kerameus: «Μέσον τοῦ νῦν 46ου καὶ τοῦ 47ου φύλλου ἔκειτο πρότερον ἕτερον ὑπόμνημα, οὗ ἡ ἐπιγραφή• Τοῦ κυροῦ Μιχαὴλ τοῦ Ψελλοῦ πρὸς τὸν πατριάρχην Μιχαὴλ περὶ τῆς χημικῆς τέχνης. Τοῦτο μέντοι ἀφείλετό τις ἀποσπάσας ἐκ τούτου τοῦ κώδικος• ὁ δὲ τὴν ἀφαίρεσιν ἑξακριβώσας καμαράσης Σοφρώνιος ὁ Λέσβιος ἔγραψεν ἐν τῷ χειρογράφῳ καταλόγῳ τοῦ Ἀντωνίνου τάδε• Βέβηλος χεὶρ ὑπεξῄρεσεν δι’ ἐγχειριδίου, πρὸ ἐμοῦ ἑτέρου ἐπιστατοῦντος» (Papadopoulos-Kerameus, Ἱεροσολυμιτικὴ Βιβλιοθήκη, IV, p. 105-106).
From f. 54r onwards, all the leaves are left blank. The only exception is the following inscription in f. [100]r: ἐλωΐ ἀϊὰ Ἰαὴλ αἰὼ κε βασιλ•