Old Russia Didactic Miscellany of the 14th Century Berlin, Hamilton 381 and its First Owner Alexander, the 10th Duke of Hamilton. The second part

D. M. Bulanin


The political reunion of East Berlin and West Berlin made it possible to return quite a number of rare books to their legal owner, i. e. to Prussia State Library that is known by now under the name of Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz. The important part of the «books repatriants» consists of the manuscripts from the famous collection of Duke Alexander Hamilton, and among the manuscripts from his collection the unique Slavic codex of the collection, the Old Russia didactic miscellany of the 14th century Hamilton 381. The content of the manuscript is composed with the translations from the writings by Byzantine church classics. This piece of Old Russia book culture being in excellent condition and quite unique in content for such a remote epoch surely deserves a monographic study. Its codicological description together with the analysis of its orthographic system and the combination of the texts the miscellany consists of – all this provides the researcher with material to make some conclusions about the provenance of the texts and of the codex as an integral unit. We can only exclude from the list of regions that may be its place of origin the South Russian lands.


Codex, parchment, palaeography, orthography, Church fathers heritage, translation, localization, dating, East Slavonic copies, diplomat, collector, auction.


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