Codex Petropolitanus Purpureus, along with the manuscripts Φ, O, and Σ, belongs to the group of the Purple Uncials. The manuscript is very lacunose.
The codex is made of 231 parchment leaves (32 x 27 cm), with the text written in two columns, 16 lines per page, 12 letters in line, in large uncial letters. The lettering is in silver ink on vellum dyed purple, with gold ink used for the nomina sacra (ΙΣ, ΘΣ, ΚΣ, ΥΣ, and ΣΩΤΗΡ). It has errors of iotacisms, as the change of ι and ει, αι and ε. It has been calculated the original codex contained 462 leaves.
The tables of κεφάλαια (tables of contents) were placed before each Gospel. The text is divided according to the κεφάλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, with τίτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. The Ammonian sections and the Eusebian Canons are presented in the margin.
Gospel of Matthew
1:1-24, 2:7-20, 3:4-6:24, 7:15-8:1, 8:24-31, 10:28-11:3, 12:40-13:4, 13:33-41, 14:6-22, 15:14-31, 16:7-18:5, 18:26-19:6, 19:13-20:6, 21:19-26:57, 26:65-27:26, 27:34-end;
Gospel of Mark
1:1-5:20. 7:4-20, 8:32-9:1, 10:43-11:7, 12:19-14:25, 15:23-33, 15:42-16:20;
Gospel of Luke
1:1-2:23, 4:3-19, 4:26-35, 4:42-5:12, 5:33-9:7, 9:21-28, 9:36-58, 10:4-12, 10:35-11:14, 11:23-12:12, 12:21-29, 18:32-19:17, 20:30-21:22, 22:49-57, 23:41-24:13, 24:21-39, 24:49-end;
Gospel of John
1:1-21, 1:39-2:6, 3:30-4:5, 5:3-10, 5:19-26, 6:49-57, 9:33-14:2, 14:11-15:14, 15:22-16:15, 20:23-25, 20:28-30, 21:20-end.: 691
Wettstein in 1715 examined 4 leaves housed at London (Cotton Titus C. XV) and marked them by I.: 40 Wettstein cited only 5 of its readings. According to Scrivener it has 57 various readings.: 139–140
Bianchini described portions housed at the Vatican Library. The same portions examined and collated for Scholz Gaetano Luigi Marini.
Vienna fragments, Codex Vindobonensis, were examined by Wettstein, who marked them by siglum N.: 41 Treschow in 1773 and Alter in 1787 had given imperfect collations of Vienna fragments.Peter Lambeck gave the wrong suggestion that Vienna fragments and Vienna Genesis originally belonged to the same codex.
Tischendorf published fragments of this manuscript in 1846 in his Monumenta sacra et profana. Tischendorf considered it as a fragment of the same codex as 6 leaves from Vatican, and 2 leaves from Vienna.
Louis Duchesne described the Patmos portions (1876). Athens and New York portions were edited by Stanley Rypins in 1956.
A facsimile of all fragments was published 2002 in Athens.
The 231 extant folios of the manuscript are kept in different libraries:
^ abWettstein, Johann Jakob (1751). Novum Testamentum Graecum editionis receptae cum lectionibus variantibus codicum manuscripts (in Latin). Vol. 1. Amsterdam: Ex Officina Dommeriana. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
S. P. Tregelles, "An Introduction to the Critical study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures", London 1856, pp. 177–178.
F. H. A. Scrivener, A Full and Exact Collation of About 20 Greek Manuscripts of the Holy Gospels, Cambridge and London, 1852, p. XL. (as j)
Louis Duchesne, Archives des missions scientifiques et littéraires, Paris, 1876, vol. 3, pp. 386–419.
H. S. Cronin, "Codex Purpureus Petropolitanus. The text of Codex N of the gospels edited with an introduction and an appendix", T & S, vol. 5, no. 4, Cambridge, 1899.
C. R. Gregory, "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments", Leipzig, 1900, vol. 1, pp. 56–59.
S. Rypins, Two Inedited Leaves of Codex N, JBL Vol. 75, No. 1 (Mar. 1956), pp. 27–39.
Weitzmann, Kurt, ed., Age of spirituality : late antique and early Christian art, third to seventh century, no. 444, 1979, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, ISBN 9780870991790; full text available online from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries
Codex Petropolitanus Purpureus N (022) at the Encyclopedia of Textual Criticism
Codex Petropolitanus Purpureus at the National Library of Russia, 2007