University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 46, New Testament. Gospels (Haskell Gospels). Greg. 1290. Greece, 14th or 15th century.


Four gospels in Greek. Ammonian section and Eusebian canon numbers, and lection notes in the margins. Formerly Goodspeed Ms. Grk. 2.

The manuscript is commonly known as the Haskell Gospels because it was initially housed in the university's Haskell Oriental Museum.

  1. fols. 1r-5v Table of lectionary references.
  2. fols. 6r-6v Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 260-ca. 340), Letter to Carpianus, on the Gospel Canons.
  3. fols. 7r-8v Canon tables, I-X.
  4. fol. 9r Hypothesis of Matthew.
  5. fols. 9v-11r Kephalaia of Matthew (68). Verse on Matthew.
    Note: Blank (fol. 11v).
  6. fols. 12r-97v Matthew.
  7. fol. 98r Hypothesis of Mark.
  8. fols. 98r-99v Kephalaia of Mark (48). Verse on Mark.
  9. fols. 100r-134v Mark (incomplete, ends at 11:33 with ταυτα ποιω).
  10. fols. 135r-196v Luke (incomplete, begins at 9:2 with και ιασθαι).
  11. fols.197r-198v Hypothesis of John.
  12. fol. 198v Kephalaia of John (18).
  13. fols. 199r-267v John (incomplete, begins at 1:14 with πληρησ).



Headpieces of floral, foliate, and geometric designs in red, blue, green, and gold.


The major initial of Matthew is composed of a lion and serpents intertwined to form the letter β (30 mm). The initial of Mark's opening line is of beads and leaves (48 mm). Minor initials set off from the text in red.

Physical Description


Parchment. 265 x 180 mm.

Number of Leaves

273 leaves of which 3 front and 3 back are flyleaves of parchment contemporary with the manuscript's rebinding of 1897.


[iii] + 267 + [iii]. Modern foliation in Arabic numerals in pencil.


40 quires extant of which quires 1-39 are of 8 leaves, and qu. 40 contains 7 leaves. Missing material includes: 2 leaves of the lectionary references table (Johannine text, Easter through Pentecost); qu. 4, leaves 1 and 8 (after fols. 35 and 41, portions of Matthew 9:35-10:10, 12:15-29); qu. 15, leaf 1 (after fol. 121, Mark 7:24-36); qu. 16, leaf 1 (after fol. 128, 9:48-10:14); qu. 16, leaf 8, and quires 17-23 (11:33-end, Luke 1:1-9:2); qu. 32, leaves 1 and 8 (after fol. 198, verse, headpiece, initial, John 1:1-14; after fol. 204, 3:14-27).

Quire numbers recorded on each quire's first and last leaf in the lower margin beginning at fol. 12 (1-40, α-μ) .


Written space 182 x 117 mm (fol. 20r).


1 column, 20 lines (variants of 19 to 21 lines). Ruling with hard point. Pricking in the outer margins.


Written in minuscule script in brown ink (some fading).

Punctuation includes high point, comma, marks of elision and interrogation. With quotes, quotation marks in the left margins next to each line.

Text Divisions

Titles in red.


Portion of leaf torn (fol. 144). Sections of the outer margins cut away (fols. 51, 208). Some faded letters overwritten. Random stains.

Binding Description

Bound in brown morocco by Stikeman & Co. in 1897. Title on spine in gold: Four Gospels in Greek, c. A.D. 1500.

An Epistles Lectionary fragment (fols. 268-273) bound with the manuscript was removed and rebound as Ms. 50 during the rebinding of 1897.



Written in either the 14th or 15th century in Greece.


Late medieval to late 19th century provenance unknown. Belonged to Pericles Morades, who is said to have brought the manuscript to the United States from the Greek island of Thera.

Scrollwork, marginal notes, and inscriptions (fols. 82r, 96r, 97v, 105r, 223r-v).


Acquired by Caspar René Gregory and Ernest DeWitt Burton for University of Chicago from Constantine Mitchell, executor of the Pericles Morades estate, September 12, 1895.


  1. Edgar J. Goodspeed, "The Haskell Gospels," Journal of Biblical Literature 21 (1902), pp. 100-107.
  2. Edgar J. Goodspeed and Martin Sprengling, A descriptive catalogue of manuscripts in the libraries of the University of Chicago (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1912), pp. 49-51.
  3. Seymour de Ricci, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935), vol. 1, p. 561.
  4. Kenneth W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1937), pp. 223-225.
  5. Merrill Mead Parvis, The Story of the Goodspeed Collection ([Chicago]: s.n., 1952), p. 3.
  6. New Testament manuscript traditions. An exhibition based on the Edgar J. Goodspeed Collection of the University of Chicago Library, the Joseph Regenstein Library, January-March, 1973. University of Chicago. Library. Dept. of Special Collections. Exhibition catalogs ([Chicago: s.n., 1973]), 36, no. 14.