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Detailed record for Harley 3068

Author Boethius, Ephraem the Syrian , Pope Gregory I, Augustine, and various other authors
Title Miscellany, including De Consolatione Philosophiae , various sermons and prayers
Origin France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Scribe Arnulfus
Decoration 9 large initials in red and yellow (ff. 6v, 13, 16v, 19, 22, 40, 44v, 59, 62). Smaller initials in red, some with simple penwork decoration. Decorative motifs in the margins in red and/or brown (ff. 20, 22, 28v, 44, 56). Rubrics in red. Capitals marked in red. Flourished descenders.
Dimensions in mm 255 x 110 (205 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 67 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Written by the scribe Arnulfus: 'libri per scriptor qui sic et constitit actor. / dicutur arnulfus tribuatur ei paradisus...' (f. 67).
Aegidius.... : inscribed with his name (f. 1v).
De Rochefleur: inscribed with his name (f. 2).
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.
Notes Ruled in hardpoint.
Several parchment folios are irregular in shape.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 3068.

Thomas Smith Pattie, 'Ephraem the Syrian and the Latin Manuscripts of 'De Paenitentia', The British Library Journal, 13 (1987), 1-24 (pp. 3, 6, 10, 13-14).

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 166.

Codices Boethiani : A Conspectus of Manuscripts of the Works of Boethius ed. by M. T. Gibson and Lesley Smith, Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts 25 (London: Warburg Institute, 1995- ), I: Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, no. 122, pp. 143-44.

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Decorated initial

f. 6v
Decorated initial

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