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Detailed record for Harley 3050

Author Eugippius; Augustine
Title Excerpta ex operibus S. Augustini (2nd part); Sermons
Origin Germany, W. (Arnstein)
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Scribe Timo
Decoration Large decorated initials in red, some with a reserved design and penwork decoration, including balls and occasionally more elaborate foliate motifs. Simple initials in red with minor penwork decoration (ff. 1v-3). Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 380 x 270 (290 x 200) in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 82 (+ 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in house. Rebound in 1968; remains of the previous binding (gold- and blind-tooled dark brown leather) are pasted inside the upper cover and on f. [iv] recto.
Provenance Written by Timo (d. after 1226, see Krings 1990, p. 250), canon of the Premonstratensian abbey of St Mary and Nicholas, Arnstein, founded in 1139: inscribed 'Liber sancte marie Sanctique Nicolai in arenstein. Quem scripsit Timo canonicus ibidem' (f. 1).
Notes in later hands including that of abbot Heinrich Schupp (d. 1574).
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).
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 ‘16 die Ianuarij, A.D. 1720/21’ (f. 1).
According to Wright, Edward Harley went to Noel on 9 January 1720/21 and selected this and other manuscripts which Noel had 'lately brought from Germany'. The manuscripts arrived on 16 January 1720/21 (see Wright and Wright 1976).
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 Quire marks (lower case Roman numerals, surrounded by four dots and wavy lines).
Guide letters for decorated initials in the outer margins.
Sketches of the letter 'S' in plummet in margins of f. 79v.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 3050.

A. Kohl, 'Arnsteiner Handschriften im Britischen Museum zu London', Nassovia. Zeitschrift für nassauische Geschichte und Heimatkunde, 4 (1903), pp. 106-08,120-21,133-34 (p. 120).

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. 81 n. 10.

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. 53, 254.

Sigrid Krämer, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz: Ergänzungsband 1, 3 vols (Munich, 1989-90), I (1989), p. 26.

Bruno Krings, Das Prämonstratenserstift Arnstein a. d. Lahn im Mittelalter (1139-1527) (Wiesbaden: Selbstverlag der Historischen Kommission für Nassau, 1990), p. 250 (no. 21).


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