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Byzantine

The Byzantine manuscripts include gospels, commentaries on the Scriptures, homilies, liturgical works and books of devotion which range in date from the tenth to the fifteenth century. Many are illuminated with miniatures and decorated initials.

Beatty acquired most of these manuscripts in the 1920s from dealers in Paris. His correspondence contains letters from dealers in Istanbul offering Byzantine objects or textiles for sale, but in general Beatty declined.

Among the earliest manuscripts are three that date from the tenth and eleventh centuries (CBL W 131, W 132 and W 133), which were originally from the Russian monastery of Panteleïmon on Mount Athos.