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Detailed record for Harley 3477

Author Eusebius of Caesarea , translated by George of Trebizond
Title De evangelica praeparatione
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date 1460
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Johannes Mervelt
Artists In the style of Andrea di Firenze
Decoration Three-sided white vine border with a large initial in gold and an effaced coat of arms in colours and gold in the lower margin (f. 3). White vine initials in colours and gold at the beginning of each of the 14 books (ff. 4v, 18v, 29, 44, 59, 72, 92, 106v, 124v, 136v, 151, 172v, 185, 199v ). Numerous smaller initials in gold on coloured panels. Marginal notes, incipits and explicits in red.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 195 (200 x 120)
Official foliation ff. 210 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex.
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance According to to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, perhaps made for a member of the Piccolomini family: its arms, mainly effaced (f.3).
Written by Johannes Mervelt of Westphalia in 1460: colophon, 'Cui peremne decus maneat Westphallia cunctis / Insignita bonis: patria est mihi grata Ioanni / Mervelt quem lector celeri scripsisse tene[n]to / Hunc Librum digito, fessa quiesce manus. Anno domini Mo CCCCoLXo VIIo Novembris. Pontius Pius II ppe secundi. Anno eius tertio' (f. 210v); and the name 'Mervelt' inscribed in hard point (f. 127).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Edward Harley on 13 February 1723/4 (see Diary 1966; 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 ‘13 die Februarij, A.D. 1723/4’ (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 ff. 1-2 are parchment leaves.
Table of Contents in humanistic cursive (ff. 1v-2).
Vertical catchwords with penwork decoration.
Ruled in hardpoint.
The decoration is in the style of Andrea di Firenze and the manuscript was possibly made for a member of the Piccolomini family according to to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3477.

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. 272 n. 13.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 162.

Cyril Ernest Wright, 'Manuscripts of Italian Provenance in the Harleian Collection in the British Museum: Their Sources, Associations and Channels of Acquisition', in Cultural Aspects of the Italian Renaissance. Essays in Honour of Paul Oskar Kristeller, ed. by C. H. Clough (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1976), pp. 462-84 (p. 467).

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. 756.

John Monfasani, Collectanea Trapezuntiana: Texts, Documents and Bibliographies of George Trebizond. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 25 (Binghampton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984), 24-27, 80-81, 124-127, 254-261 (p. 26).

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Three-sided white vine border

f. 3
Three-sided white vine border

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