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Detailed record for Harley 3035

Author Isidore of Seville
Title Etymologies and 'De natura rerum' (ff. 47-63v), with letters between Isidore and Braulio (ff. 1-3v)
Origin Germany, W. (Eberhardsklausen?)
Date 1496
Language Latin
Script Gothic hybrid
Scribe Gerardus of Siegen
Decoration Large puzzle initials in green and red with contrasting penwork decoration (ff. 1, 4). Several large puzzle initials in red and green, one unfinished (f. 175). Smaller initials in red or green. Colophon in display capitals on green ground (f. 264). Tinted drawings in red, green, yellow and brown, representing a wind wheel, the twelve winds represented by twelve blowing faces within round arches (f. 58v); terrestrial mountains (f. 61); and a circular map of the world (f. 176). Several geometrical diagrams tinted in red, yellow, and green, and outlined in brown (ff. 44, 49v, 50v, 51v, 52, 52v, 128, 128v). Cadels touched in red throughout, many with zoomorphic or anthropomorphic features, occasionally touched in yellow, one tinted in green (f. 160). Headings, incipits, and running titles in red. Sentence initials touched in red.
Dimensions in mm 305 x 210 (214 x 139) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 265 (including an original blank but ruled endleaf as f. 265, + 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Written in 1496 by Gerardus of Siegen, a clerk in Eberhardsklausen in the diocese of Trier: his dated signature (ff. 264, 264v) (see Bénédictins du Bouveret 1965-1982, Watson 1979, Krämer and Bernhard 1989).
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.
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 3035.

Bénédictins du Bouveret, Colophons de manuscrits occidentaux des origines au XVIe siècle, 6 vols (Fribourg: Éditions universitaires, 1965-1982), II (1967), p. 212 no. 5309.

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. 722, pl. 881.

Sigrid Krämer and Michael Bernhard, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, ed. by Bernard Bischoff, Supplement 1, 3 vols (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), I: Aachen-Kochel, p. 179.

L'Edition Critique des Oeuvres D'Isidore de Seville: Les Recensions Multiples ed. by A Andres Sanz, J. Elfassi et J.C. Martin (Paris: Institut d'Etudes Augustiniennes, 2008) pp. 195-230.

Catalogued for the Harley Medical Manuscripts Project [], accessed 29 May 2008.

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Map of the world

f. 175v
Map of the world

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