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Detailed record for Harley 3547

Title Regola della Compagnia di S. Maria della piata di Firenze
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Italian
Script Humanistic
Scribe Attributed to the scribe of the Ottoboni Livy
Decoration Full white vine border in colours and gold, inhabited by putti, birds and animals, with a large historiated initial in colours and gold of the wounded Christ, and a portrait of Nicholas, bishop of Myra in a roundel in the lower margin (f. 1). 3 small gold initials on coloured grounds (ff. 3v, 4, 5). 27 large white vine initials, 1 at the beginning of each chapter (ff. 5, 5v, 6v, 7, 8, 9, 9v, 11, 11v, 12, 12v, 14, 14v, 16, 16v, 17, 18v, 19, 19v, 21, 22, 22v, 23, 23v, 24v, 25, 26). A blank space has been left for a white vine initial (f. 10), and 2 initials are unfinished (ff. 12, 19v). Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 180 (145 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 26 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end + 3 blank parchment leaves and 1 paper leaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Harley on 13 September 1722 (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 Septembris 1722’ (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 Statutes of a Florentine lay fraternity dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The same scribe wrote Harley 5761 (see Mann, 1975; de la Mare, 1976; de la Mare 1985).
Vertical catchwords.
Ruled in hardpoint.
Unfinished initials showing underdrawing (ff. 12, 19v).
Vestiges of a previous binding on f. [29].
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3547.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 143 n. 12.

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.

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Editrice Antenore, 1975), p. 308.

A.C. de la Mare and A.M. Brown, ‘Bartolomeo Scala’s dealings with Booksellers. Scribes and Illuminators, 1459-63,’ Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 39 (1976), 237-245 (p. 244, n. 49).

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. 549).


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Full white vine border

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Full white vine border

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