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Detailed record for Harley 2710

Author Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Title Carmina (ff. 1v-86v), Epodae (ff. 87-104), Carmen saeculares (ff. 104-106v)
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date 1443
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Angelus Ariminensem (colophon on f. 106v)
Decoration 4 large white vine initials in gold and colours with a few flowers (ff. 1v, 26, 42 with a bird, 70v). Spaces for initials left blank.
Dimensions in mm 175 x 120 (115 x 60)
Official foliation ff. 106 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 2 unfoliated parchment and 4 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather (restored); marbled endpapers.
Provenance Written by Angelus Ariminensem in Rome in 1443: colophon 'Codex iste scriptus est per me Angelum Ariminensem Romae mocccco quadragesimotertio secundo kalendas Octobr[is] 'filos' [in Greek script]' (f. 106v).
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 (see Wright 1972): sold to Edward Harley on 18 January 1723/4 (f. 1).
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 ‘18 die Januarij, A.D. 1723/4’ (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 Contains marginal and interlinear gloss.
Catchwords written horizontally.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2710.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 242 n. 3.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 253-54.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), no. 695.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 166.


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f. 1v
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f. 42
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