Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 2269 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Oriental Manuscripts

Contents

Summary of Contents: A personal copy containing Mystagogia [ትምሕርተ ፡ ኅቡዓት], the Gospel of John [ወንጌል ፡ ዘዮሐንስ], and various prayers and hymns. An ownership note of the work is found on f. 4r and contains the name Abbā Walda Kirubēl; the name of the original owner has been erased and replaced with Walda Kirubēl on ff. 5r-112v; prayers for Walda Kirubēl were added in a secondary hand on ff. 26r, 32r, 59r, 76r, 93v, 103v. The following note was found on the inside back cover: "This book was taken from Theodores' camp under Magdala 14 April 1868. Presented to M. Garbios (?), with kind regards, by this finder. 9 Feb 1870."
1r-4r
Title: Mystagogia
Title: ትምሕርተ ፡ ኅቡዓት
Language(s): Geez
5r-112v
Title: ወንጌል ፡ ዘዮሐንስ
Language(s): Geez
113
Language(s): Geez

The first seven lines on 113r consist of a non-Ge'ez language in Ge'ez script.

113v-115v
Language(s): Geez

The hymn was copied by Takla Ab

115v-116r
Language(s): Geez

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 116 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 15.6 × 12.6 cm.

Layout

14-21 lines per leaf

Hand(s)

Black ink; at least three different hands; rubrications throughout

Decoration

  • f. 5r Harag

Additions:
  • Marginalia: Prayers for Walda Kirubēl added in a secondary hand on ff. 26r, 32r, 59r, 76r, 93v, 103v.

Binding

Wooden boards covered with stamped leather

Accompanying Material

Book accompanied by leather satchel

History

Origin: 18th cent.; Ethiopia.

Provenance and Acquisition

Ethiopia

Pr. Cherry, 16 July 1983. According to a note on the inside back cover, the book was taken from Emperor Tewodros's camp at Magdala on 14 April 1868, and was presented to Mr. Garbios(?) by the "finder" on 9 February 1870: "This book was taken from Theodores' camp under Magdala 14 April 1868. Presented to M. Garbios, with kind regards, by this finder. 9 Feb 1870."

Record Sources

Codicological description provided by Ted Erho

Availability

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Funding of Cataloguing

CUL


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