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Detailed record for Harley 3021

Author Various authors including Jerome; Ivo of Chartres (b. c. 1040, d. 1116); Gilbert Crispin, abbot of Westminster (d. 1117)
Title Various texts including Epistula ad Paulinum presbyterum de institutione clericorum vel monachorum (ff. 1-8); Epistula ad Oceanum de vitae clericorum (ff. 8-12v); Ivo of Chartres' Epistolae (ff. 13-24); Quaestiones de sanctorum opusculis (ff. 24-187v); Disputatio judaei et christiani (ff. 188-217v)
Origin Italy, S.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Beneventan minuscule
Decoration Large interlace initial in colours and gold with animals' at the beginning of the text, with the rest of the word written in red on gold ground (f. 1). Initial in colours with animals and interlace (f. 25). Initials in red with green and yellow. Capitals highlighted with red, green and/or yellow.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 140 (145 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 218 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 1 unfoliated leaf after f. 218 + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Erased inscription (f. 24v).
Added texts in various French hands, including grammatical notes, 12th century (ff. 217v-218v), and references to Golbenus, archbishop of Vendôme , 'Philippus de Gualardone' and 'Ernaudus de ?Mama canonic[us] et p[res]b[ite]r b[e]ate marie de remis [Rheims]' (f. 218v).
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 (Wright 1972): sold to Edward Harley on 13 August 1724.
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 ‘13 die mensis Augusti, A.D. 1724’ (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 f. [219] is a blank former pastedown.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2904.

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. 304 n. 7.

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. 253-55.

E. A. Loew, The Beneventan Script: A History of the South Italian Minuscule, 2nd ed. by Virginia Brown, 2 vols (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1980), II: Hand List of Beneventan MSS., Sussidi Eruditi, 34, p. 53 [with additional bibliography].


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