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Lincoln College MS. Gr. 36

Diktyon no.: 48690

Theophilus Corydalleus, ca. 1650–1670


Language(s): Greek

⟨Theophilus Corydalleus⟩, Ὑπόμνημα συνοπτικὸν καί ζητήματα εἰς τὴν Περί οὐρανοῦ πραγματείαν (Commentary on Aristotle’s On the Heavens)

Fol. 132v is blank.

The greater part of this work has not been published in print: N. Psemmenos, ‘Θεοφίλου Κορυδαλέως Ὑπομνήματα συνοπτικά, καὶ ζητήματα εἰς τὴν Περὶ οὐρανοῦ πραγματείαν (ἀπόσπασμα)’, Τὰ Νέα τοῦ Κ.Ε.ΝΕ.Φ. 8 (2001) 42–52.

Its manuscript copies are listed by G. Karas, Οι επιστήμες στην Τουρκοκρατία II (Athens 1993) 194–203. One should add to that list the present manuscript, as well as London, British Library, Add. 8224. Cambridge, University Library, Ll.5.4, pp. 203–209 are a partial copy of the present manuscript.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper folded in 4°, Banner watermarks generally similar to Velkov etendard 2 (attested in 1669) and ZSA countermarks, alternating with lamb watermarks generally similar to Velkov agneau pascal 13, 15 and 16 (attested in 1656 and 1658) and to Grozdanović-Pajić 142 (attested in 1684); chain-distance 26 mm. Ff. 133–137 are endpapers. Fol. 132 has been mis-numbered, probably in the scribe’s hand, 133.
Extent: v+137 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 145 mm.


Collation: vii (ff. i–vi including pastedown: f. v single), 10 × viii (ff. 1–80), 6 (ff. 81–86), viii (ff. 87–94), x (ff. 95–104), i (f. 105), viii (ff. 106–113), 2 × vi (ff. 114–125), viii (ff. 126–133), v (ff. 134–137 including pastedown: f. 135 single). Most pages end with a catchword.


24 lines, [ 157 × 97 mm. ], ruling unclear.


Produced probably by a single scribe who used pens of varying thickness.


The scribe drew in black ink a tailpiece at the end of the text on f. 132r.

The text on ff. 32r–34v, 86v, 88r, and 90v is illustrated with diagrammatic drawings.

There are also two drawings of hands added in the outer margins of ff. 120r and 121r.


Note in black ink on f. 132r, possibly in the scribe’s hand: γραμμένα φύλ(λα) 133 κόλ(ες) 33 | ἄγραφα φύλ(λα) 16 – κόλ(ες) 4. A different hand wrote on the back pastedown: Εισὶ κόλες γεγραμμένες 33 | καὶ ἄγραφες 3 χωρὶς τοῦ σταχόματος.


Binding (original to the manuscript) of blind-tooled brown leather over pasteboard; covers flush with the book-block, raised endbands, three projecting ridges on the spine; traces of two leather thongs. The endpapers have the same watermarks as the leaves with text.


Origin: ca. 1650–1670

Provenance and Acquisition

Note in black ink on f. ir: Εἰς χρῆσιν Ναθαναὴλ ἱερομ(ονά)χ(ου) καὶ τῶν φίλ(ων).

Bequeathed by Sir George Wheler (1651–1724), who acquired it during his journey to Greece (1675–1676).

Record Sources

Description by Georgi Parpulov (2023).


Last Substantive Revision

2023-12: New description by Georgi Parpulov.