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Detailed record for Harley 3053

Author Gregory the Great
Title Moralia in Job, books 10-23, imperfect
Origin Germany, W. (Arnstein)
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Scribe Gregorius
Decoration 1 large initial, outlined in red, on a green, blue and yellow ground, with foliate motifs and dragon, for book 10 (f. 1v). 13 large initials, outlined in black, with red and light brown, mostly on blue and green grounds, frequently with foliate motifs and clasps, many with dragons, some with lions or dogs, one with a man battling a dragon (book 15, f. 45v), one with a dog biting a cat and a cat carrying mice (book 16, f. 56v), for books 11-23 (ff. 12v, 21v, 30v, 34v, 45v, 56v, 67v, 75v, 91, 101v, 116, 120v, 131v). Smaller initial in red, decorated in same colour (f. 12). Display script in red, highlighted with some yellow, for letters following some large initials (f. 1v). Rubrics in red. Small initials in dark brown ink (added).
Dimensions in mm 375 x 280 (280 x 205) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 142 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1964
Provenance The Premonstratensian abbey of St Mary and Nicholas, Arnstein, founded in 1139, written by the canon Gregorius: inscribed 'Secunda pars moralium beati Gregorij pape in iob. Quam scripsit Gregorius canonicus in arenstein' (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 Januarij, A.D. 1720/21’ (f. 1).
According to Wright, Edward Harley went to Hoel 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 The manuscript forms part 2 of 3. The first is Harley 3052, the third is Harley 3054.
Running headers.
Quire marks.
Guide script for rubricator in the lower margins (e.g. on f. 34v).
2 leaves lost between ff. 33-34, 117-118, 137-138 respectively.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II, no. 3053.

A. Kohl, 'Arnsteiner Handschriften im Britischen Museum zu London', Nassovia. Zeitschrift für nassauische Geschichte und Heimatkunde, 4 (1903), 106-08,120-21,133-34 (pp. 120-21, see entry for Harley 3052).

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.

C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1976), I, p. 81 n 9.

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. 251 no. 23.


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