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The microfilm of the Bibliothèque nationale, fonds Coislin manuscrit 220. “Coislin notation” was called after this manuscript. The black-and-white reproduction of the film is online since more than a year, but I will soon describe other manuscripts (heirmologia and stichera) with Chartres notation of the collection at the Great Lavra on Holy Mount Athos.

fonds Coislin, ms. 220

13th canon of echos devteros with second ode in honour for Thekla the Nun composed by Patriarch Germanos (f. 47r)

about 1100 • Heirmologium in canon order (only some of the are numbered within the echos section) with relatively developed Coislin notation (this genre of Old Byzantine notation was called after the manuscript):

  • echos protos with 25 canons (ff. 1r-31r),
  • echos devteros with 26 canons (ff. 32r-63r),
  • echos tritos with 23 canons (ff. 64r-89v);
  • echos tetartos with 25 canons (ff. 90r-123r);
  • echos plagios protos with 20 canons (ff. 124r-148r),
  • echos plagios devteros with 23 canons (ff. 149r-176r),
  • echos varys with 17 canons (ff. 177r-197v),
  • echos plagios tetartos with 24 canons (ff. 198r-235v).

Appendix with stichera prosomoia for Lent (ff. 238r-262r), stichera dogmatika (ff. 262v-267v); kolophon (f.237v).

The most frequent authors mentioned are Andrew of Jerusalem, Cosmas and John of Damascus (“the Monk”), but also Cyprian the Monk (ff. 118. 121), Damian the Monk (f. 169), Eliah of Jerusalem (ff. 224v. 226v. 230), Stephen the Sabbaite, John’s nephew (ff. 221, 233v), Georgios (ff. 116, 228v), Germanos of Constantinople (ff. 46v, 72, 91, 161v, 208v, 209v).

Tags: BnF, Heirmologion, Manuscrits, Oktoechos, Old Byzantine notation

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