Discovery and Further Research
The early history of the codex is unknown. It was brought from Cyprus – hence actual name of the codex – to the Colbert Library (no. 5149 – sometimes it was called Codex Colbertinus 5149) in Paris in 1673, whence it passed into its present locality – Bibliothèque nationale de France.
The manuscript was examined by Richard Simon, who made some extracts for John Mill, who used readings of the codex in his edition of Novum Testamentum in Greek. Montfaucon, published the first facsimile of the codex, with text of Matthew 2:19–22, and used this manuscript for his palaeographical studies. Wettstein, textual critic, used readings of the codex but with not great accuracy (with a large number of errors). Scholz, textual critic, though valued it very highly, collated the text of the manuscript and edited its textual variants in 1820, but with so little care and with numerous errors that his testimony is worth but little. Tischendorf in 1842 and 1849, and Tregelles in 1950 gave a new and more accurate collation (in 1950 in Leipzig they compare their collations and made one). It is cited in Tischendorf's Editio Octava Critica maior. Scrivener published its facsimile with text of Gospel of John 6:52–53. Henri Omont and William Hatch published some fragments of the codex in facsimile.
It was also examined and described by Bianchini, Silva Lake, and Gregory, who saw the codex in 1883.
According to Wettstein the text of the codex was altered by Old Latin manuscripts. According to William Hatch Codex Cyprius is "one of the more important of the later uncial manuscripts of the four Gospels".
Currently the codex is located in the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Gr. 63) in Paris.
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