The exceptional manuscript collection of the Gennadius Library includes some 400 codices assembled by the founder Joannes Gennadius and constitutes a unique historical manuscript repository in Greece. After World War II several major private collections of manuscripts were donated to the Library (e.g. the manuscripts of Helen Stathatos, the Damianos Kyriazis collection, and the collection of Anastasis Kanellopoulos) or bought by the Library (e.g. those of Volidis and Martakos). Later acquisitions include a significant number of karamanlidika manuscripts, and welcome donations still enrich the collections.
The manuscripts are of a diverse nature (theological, literary, philological, historical, geographical, archaeological, and music manuscripts) and range in date from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries. The collection illustrates like no other collection the significance of the manuscript tradition in preserving the continuous history of the Greek heritage throughout the centuries.
MSS 39. Miscellany of Greek and Latin texts. 15th – 16th century
MSS 45. Compilation of astrology texts and Aristotle’s Poetics, Logic and Physics. 16th -17th century
MSS 1.5. Tetraeuangelo [Gospels]. Cappadocia, 1226