University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 1342, Lectionary (Willoughby Heothina Fragment). Greg. l 1962. Constantinople? 12th or 13th century.


Gospel lectionary leaf in Greek. The fragment contains Heothina lections 1 and 2 and the title of no. 3 from the eleven Gospels of the Resurrection read at morning prayers (ορθρος). With ecphonetic notation. Formerly Goodspeed Ms. Grk. 42 and Ms. 939c.

  1. fol. [1r]
    Rubric: ευαγγελια εωθινα αναστασιμα ενδεκα...εκ του κατα mατθ[αιον]. Heothina lection 1: Matthew 28:16-20.
    Rubric: ευαγγ[ελια εωθινα αναστασιμα ενδεκα]...εκ του κατα μαρκ. Heothina lection 2: Mark 16:1.
  2. fol. [1v]
    Rubric: ευαγγ[ελια εωθινα αναστασιμα ενδεκα].... Continuation of heothina lection 2: Mark 16:1-8. Partial title of heothina lection 3.



Headpiece of floral motifs in blue, red, and gold.


Major initials (25-30 mm) in a foliate pattern of blue, red, and gold, set off from the text.

Physical Description


Parchment. 295 x 210 mm.

Number of Leaves

1 leaf.


Quire number 43 (μγ) in lower right corner (fol. [1v]).


Written space 220 x 160 mm (fol. [1v]). Each column is 220 x 70 mm with a space of 20 mm between.


2 columns, 23 lines. Ruling with hard point.


Written in minuscule script in dark brown ink (some fading). Ecphonetic notation in red.

Punctuation includes the cross (full stop), high and low points, and the mark of elision.

Text Divisions

Titles in red.


Parchment broken along a portion of the outer edge. Some grease and ink stains.

Binding Description

Bound by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company in green linen over cardboard. Spine label in gilt: Gospel Lectionary Folio (Heothina) 13 cent.



The manuscript to which the present leaf belonged is judged to have been written in either the late 12th or early 13th century, possibly in Constantinople, the present-day Istanbul, Turkey.


Medieval to early 20th century provenance unknown. Belonged to Harold Rideout Willoughby (1890-1962), professor in the University of Chicago's Divinity School. Mr. Willoughby purchased the leaf from Philip C. Duschnes (New York), ca. 1938.

Notation in pencil at bottom of fol. [1r].


Gift of Harold R. Willoughby to the University of Chicago, November 1938.


  1. Ernest Cadman Colwell and Donald W. Riddle eds., Prolegomena to the Study of the Lectionary Text of the Gospels, Studies in the Lectionary Text of the Greek New Testament (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c1933), vol. 1.
  2. Merrill Mead Parvis, The Story of the Goodspeed Collection ([Chicago]: s.n., 1952), pp. 23-24.
  3. C. U. Faye and W. H. Bond, Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1962), p. 163.