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Detailed record for Harley 2638

Author Juvenal
Title Satires
Origin Italy, N. E. (?Verona)
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Artists Antonio Pisano
Decoration 1 large gold initial with foliate ornament on a blue and purple panel at the beginning of the first satire (f. 1). 13 smaller gold initials, outlined in black, on coloured panels at the beginning of the subsequent satires (ff. 4v, 8v, 19, 22v, 37, 42v, 48v, 51v, 59v, 64, 67, 72v, 79v). 7 plain initials in red ink (ff. 81, 95v, 88v, 90, 93, 93v, 97). Rubrics and explicits in red.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 125 ( 130 x 80/85)
Official foliation ff. 98 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 2 unfoliated, ruled parchment and 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex.
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie; purchased by Edward Harley on 20 January 1721/22 (see Diary 1966).
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley ‘20 die Januarij, 1721/22’ (f. 1).
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Horizontal catchwords.
The initial 'E'(t) on f. 37 has been damaged.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2638.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 138 n. 8.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 254.

Dizionario biografico dei miniatori italiani: Secoli IX-XVI , ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Sylvestre Bonnard, 2004), p. 41.


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