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��A. Codex ALKXAXDRIXUS of the fifth century, in quarto and two columns (12$ inches high, 10 broad), given by Patriarch Cyril Lucar of Constantinople (the unlucky re- former, formerly of Alexandria) to King Charles I. (1028), now in tho British Museum, London, where the open vol- ume of the New Testament is exhibited in the MS. room. It was probably written in Alexandria. It contains on 773 leaves the Old Testament, in the Septuagint Version (edited by Baber, London, 1810-28), and the New Testament; but, unfortunately, with the omission of Matt L 1-xxv. 0, John vL 50-viii. 52, and 2 Cor. iv. 13-xii. 0. It also has at the end the Greek Epistle of Clement of Rome to the Corinthians, with a fragment of a second epistle, or homily. This was the only MS. extant of Clement before tho dis- cover}- by Philotheos Bryennios of the copy at Constanti- nople (1875). The New Testament of the Alexandrian MS. was published by Charles G. Woide in uncial type (London, 1780), and by B. II. Cowper, in common type (ibid. 1800). We have it now in a most beautiful pho- tographic fac-siraile, issued by the Trustees of the British Museum, London, 1879.

Cod. A is the first uncial MS. that was used by textual critics. It presents a text which occupies an intermedi- ate position between the oldest uncial and the later text. It occupies the third or fourth rank among the MSS. next to X and B, and perhaps C. See fac-similes in Woide and Scrivener. On the following page we give two specimens.

B. Codex VATICAXUS, of the middle of the fourth cen- tury, on very fine thin vellum, in small but clear and neat un- cial letters, in three columns (of 42 lines each), to a quarto page (10 inches by 10^), preserved in the Vatican Library at Rome (No. 1209). It is more accurately written than

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