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Manuscript on 3 vellum scrolls of laws and statutes of the Byzantine empire. Said to be of the 5th, 9th, and 11th centuries, but actually written in the 19th century. The first two are mounted on cloth; the third has fring of red yarn on top. Written partly in gold. Each has a religious painting at the top. All very badly rubbed and in places illegible.
Constantine Simonides, Sir Thomas Phillipps (MSS. 13883, 13884, 13885). Gift of H.P. Kraus, 1976.
All three documents were sold as genuine to Sir Thomas Phillipps in 1854 by Constantine Simonides who claimed that the first two came from the island of Syme and the third from Mt. Athos. All three are forgeries.
Cataloged from microfilm by Albert Derolez.
Golden Bulls of the Emperors Theodosius II, Michael III, and Romanus III. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
J.A. Ferrar, Literary Forgeries (N.Y. 1907) p. 42.
460 x 181; 580 x 186; 685 x 286 mm.
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Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.
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