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Detailed record for Harley 3769

Author Guilielmus Horborch
Title Decisiones Romanae Rotae novae (ff. 1-216v), followed by a text relating to canon law (ff. 217-250v)
Origin France, S.
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic hybrid
Decoration Large puzzle initial with penwork decoration in blue, red and black (f. 1). Initials and paraphs in blue or red.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 205 (180 x 125)
Official foliation ff. 251 (ff. 1, 251 are parchment flyleaves; + one unfoliated original blank leaf after f. 216 and 2 after f. 250, and one early modern paper flyleaf at the end)
Collation Gatherings of 12, with signature in the lower right corner of the rectos in the first half of the gatherings and horizontal catchwords within decorated frames in the lower right corner of the last verso.
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Foucault's armorial binding of gilt-tooled mottled pig skin.
Provenance ? Inscribed 'Bougi': same name 'Iohannes Bougi' recurring in verses above (f. 250v).
? The Benedictine abbey of St. Peter, Moissac, Tarn-et-Garonne, France: possibly identifiable as no. 136 in the 17th-century inventory of the its library (see Dufour 1981).
Nicolas Joseph Foucault (b. 1643, d. 1721), marquis de Magny, statesman and archaeologist: his armorial binding and book-plate with the legend 'EX BIBLIOTHECA / NICOLAI JOSEPH FOUCAULT / COMITIS CONSISTORIANI' with his arms [sable] a lion rampant, dexter, crowned [argent], as supporters two lions [argent]; a couronne de marquis surmounting the shield (front pastedown; see Wright 1972).
Thomas Ballard (fl. 1698-1725), bookseller and book auctioneer in London; his sale, 20 February 1720/21, lot 25, bought for Edward Harley through Nathaniel Noel (see Wright and Wright 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.
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 The parchment flyleaves are fragments from an account (?) book in French (ff. 1, 251).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3769.

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. 89 n. 7.

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. 62, 155, 435.

Jean Dufour, 'La composition de la bibliothèque de Moissac a la lumière d'un inventaire du XVIIe siècle nouvellement découvert', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 35 (1981), 175-226 (pp. 187, 203, 212).


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