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Detailed record for Harley 2834

Title Bible, from Proverbs to Revelation, vol. 2
Origin France, W. (possibly Angers)
Date 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Canon tables framed by arches preceding the Gospels (ff. 139-140). Large initials in gold, and smaller initials in blue or red with a combination of blue, red, green and ochre penwork decoration (ff. 1, 1v, 11v, 15, 17, 24v, 25v, 46v, 47, 61v, 80, 81, 92v, 93, 99, etc.). Coloured initials in blue or red. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 485 x 350 (340 x 225), in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 266 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled brown leather.
Provenance The cathedral of Angers, France: inscribed, ?13th century, 'Hec sunt ornam[en]ta ist[ius] ecclesie. Sex caliceis. Uno encensiers arge[n]ti. Quatuor bibles duo veit et duo nov[...]. Viginti quinque ?toalleis. Tria gradualia. Duo antifonaria. [erased] psalteria. Duo tropiers. Un[o] eva[n]gelier. Unu[s] epistolier' followed by an erased inscription (Harley 2833, f. 319v), early 18th-century spine inscribed 'Textus SS. Bibliorum Andegavensis Ecclesiae Cathedralis'.
Added, 15th-16th century, medieval foliation in Roman numerals.
Erased ownership inscription (f. 17v).
John Chamberlayne (b. 1666, d. 1723), son of Edward Chamberlayne (b. 1616, d. 1703): sale of his library conducted by Daniel Browne, bookseller at the Black Swan and Bible Without-Temple-Bar, 11 March 1723/4 (see Wright 1972).
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 ‘11 die Martij, 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 Volume 1 is Harley 2833.
Quire marks (Roman numerals on the verso of the last leaf of the quire).
The lower margin of f. 217 has been excised.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2834.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 281, n. 6.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 50, 85, 101.


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