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Detailed record for Harley 3510

Author Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Title Carmina (ff. 1-76v), Ars poetica (ff. 76v-85v), Sermones (ff. 85v-127), Epistulae (ff. 127-156)
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Gabriel de Pistorio and Bartolomeo Sanvito (headings and marginalia only)
Artists Antonio di Niccolò di Lorenzo (attributed to)
Decoration Historiated initial in gold and colours and full decorated border with foliate decoration, flowers, besants, birds, a vase, winged putti, a wreath enclosing a coat of arms with a griffin in the lower margin and another one with a flaming torch in the upper margin, a medallion with Horace presenting his book (f. 1). Large white vine initials in gold and colours extending into the margin (ff. 20, 31, 51, 62v). White vine initial in gold and colours combined with a partial border with foliate decoration, birds, flowers and besants (ff. 76v, 85v, 127), smaller initial in gold on a blue, pink and green panel combined with a partial border with foliate decoration (f. 146v). Numerous small initials in gold on a blue, pink and/or green panel.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 125 (130 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 156 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end + 2 unfoliated parchment leaves after f. 156)
Collation Mostly in quires of 10.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Binding of brown mottled calf with gold fillets.
Provenance Written by the scribe of Urb. Lat. 441, identifiable with Gabriel de Pistorio, and with headings, marginalia and corrections added by Bartolomeo Sanvito around 1471 (see Wright 1976; de la Mare and van Binnebeke 2006).
Braccio Martelli (b. 1442, d. 1513): his arms (f. 2).
Alexander Streggius of Mantua, chancellor to the Duke of Mantua and Minister at the Court of Madrid 1626-31: inscribed 'Alexander Strigius Mantuanus' (f. 1)
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 (see Wright 1972): sold to Edward Harley on 18 January 1723/4 (f. 1).
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 ‘18 die Januarij, 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 Catchwords written horizontally. Leaf signatures.
One of the five surviving copies of Horace made by Sanvito.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3510.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 240 n. 5.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 253-54, 297, 320.

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 (pp. 471, 474).

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli, 2 vols, ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, pp. 395-574 (p. 551).

The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West, ed. by Paul Binski and Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2005), p. 347.

A.C. de la Mare and Xavier van Binnebeke, 'A List of Books from the Florentine Braccio Martelli', in Tributes to Jonathan J.G. Alexander. The Making and Meaning of Illuminated Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Art and Architecture, ed. by Susan L'Engle and Gerald B. Guest (London and Turnhout: Brepols, 2006), pp. 33-67 (pp. 37, 40, 55-65, no. 10).

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Historiated initial and border

f. 2
Historiated initial and border

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