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Detailed record for Harley 4088

Part 1 ff. 1-12v 
Author Cyriacus Anconitanus
Title 'Commentarium de Pontiano Taraconensium regis conflictu navali ad Franciscum Scalamontium equitem'
Origin Italy, Central (?Ancona)
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Decoration White vine initial with a bird and a butterfly (f. 1). Initials in gold or silver.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 130 (125 x 70)
 
Part 2 ff. 13-21 
Author 'Ber[nardus] Capella' and 'Gas[pardus] Manius'
Title 'Aegloga'
Origin Italy
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Decoration Rubrics in ochre ink.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 130 (130 x 70)
 
Official foliation ff. 21 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves and 1 ruled parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 1 unfoliated ruled parchment leaf after f. 12 + 2 ruled parchment leaves and numerous modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1967.
Provenance Cyriacus Anconitanus: the text of part 1 is corrected by Cyriacus himself (see Sabia 2000).
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie (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 ‘20 die Januarij, A.D. 1721/22’ (f. [iv]).
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 f. 21v is ruled and blank.
A composite manuscript.

The text of part 2 is dedicated to Raphael 'card[inal] S. Georgij ac s[erenissi]mi D. M. Camerario'.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808) , no. 4088.

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. 178.

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. 138 n. 8.

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. 253-54.

Kyriaci Anconitani Naumachia regia, ed. by Liliana Monti Sabia, Studi / Istituto nazionale di studi sul Rinascimento meridionale, 11 (Pisa : Istituti editoriali e poligrafici internazionali, 2000).


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Part  1   ff. 1-12v
Cyriacus Anconitanus 'Commentarium de Pontiano Taraconensium regis conflictu navali ad Franciscum Scalamontium equitem'
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White vine initial

f. 1
White vine initial

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