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Detailed record for Harley 3598

Author Angelo Gambiglioni
Title Tractatus maleficiorum (a treatise on criminal law)
Origin Italy, Central (Siena)
Date 1461
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Scribe Angelo Gambiglioni
Decoration 1 very large initial in green on a red ground, 1 initial in red with green pen-flourishing, and a coat of arms in the lower margin (f. 1). Plain initials in red. Paraphs in red and black. Rubrics in black ink. Capitals marked in red. The bowls of some 'g's are filled with simple penwork decoration (e.g. ff. 27v-28).
Dimensions in mm 280 x 200 (190 x 140) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 106 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Mottled brown leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Written in Siena in 1461: colophon, 'Explicit tractatus maleficiorum editus per me Angelum de gambellionibus de aretio [Arezzo], legum doctorem actu legentem bononiae [Bologna]. Deo ac beatae virgini marie, Sancto Johanni Evangelistae, Sancto Anthonio Abbati, Sancto Francisco, Sancto Benedicto, Sancto Jeronimo patronis meis, ceterisque curiae triumphantis gratias ago. Et si aliter reperiatur [?] quam hic stat scriptum, hoc contingit quod, post datam copiam aliquibus feci ceteras additiones ego idem Angelus predictus. A.D. 1461. Senis [Siena]' (f. 106v).
Unidentified arms of a white unicorn on a blue shield (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.
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 Vertical catchwords.
Ruled in plummet.
The lawyer and professor, Angelo Gambiglioni, died in October 1461. His date of birth is unknown. On his life and work, see Maffei and Maffei 1994.
The decoration is northern In style, although the manuscript has an Italian colophon.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3598.

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. 771.

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Decorated and pen-flourished initials

f. 1
Decorated and pen-flourished initials

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