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Detailed record for Harley 3659

Author Petrus de Abano , Christoferus de Honestus
Title Tractatus de venenis, Problemata de venenis
Origin Italy, N.
Date 1413
Language Latin
Script Semi-humanistic
Scribe Antonius Recanetus
Decoration 2 large initials in colours and gold with foliate decoration (ff. 1, 13v). Effaced coat of arms (f. 1). Smaller plain initials in red or blue. Paraphs in red or blue. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 185 (180 x 125) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 68 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Written by Antonius Recanetus: colophon, 'Finitus est tractatus de venenis ...1412 die 6aseptembris elugie (f. 13); and 'Et sic huic operi Christofori de honestis de problematibus Venenorum finem facio ego Antonius Recanetus Artium et medicine doctor dum pro phisico Elugie salariatus resideam. M XXXX XII [i.e. 1413] die xv februarij noctis hora quinta (f. 68v).
Effaced arms (f. 1).
William Akeman : sold manuscripts to Harley on 10 June 1721, inscribed with the date (f. 1) (see Diary 1966, and 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 ‘10 Junij 1721’ (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.
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Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3659.

Bénédictins du Bouveret, Colophons de manuscrits occidentaux des origines au XVIe siècle, 6 vols (Fribourg: Éditions universitaires, 1965-1982), I, p. 148.

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. 111 n. 9.

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. 48.

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. 775.

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. 149.

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