You are in Introduction. Click here to skip the navigation.
British Library
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
 Detail from the Roman de la Rose
About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search  Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Contact us  Main
print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back

search tips  Search tips



Detailed record for Harley 3997

Author Horace
Title Ars Poetica; Odes ; Epistles; Satires
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Scribe Antonio di Giuliano Calderini
Decoration Partial border with a large white vine initial in colours and gold and an unidentified coat of arms in the lower margin (f. 3). 8 large white vine initials in colours and gold (ff. 13, 31, 42v, 63v, 75v, 90, 120, 141). Smaller plain initials in red or blue. Rubrics in red. Added drawing in brown ink of a horse and rider (f. 1).
Dimensions in mm 220 x 140 (140 x 75/80)
Official foliation ff. 164 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Mottled brown leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Unidentified arms of a black St. Andrew's cross on a white shield divided into 4 quadrants, with a single star in the upper quadrant (f. 3).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Harley on 22 June 1726 (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 ‘22 die Junii A.D. 1726’ (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 ff. 1, 2, 163, 164 are ruled parchment leaves.
ff. 1, 2 have pen trials and various inscriptions in Latin and Italian.
Ruled in hardpoint.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3997.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 339 n. 16.

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.

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. 482).

* * *
Partial border

f. 3
Partial border

print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back
top Back