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Detailed record for Harley 4830

Title Laws of the city of Avignon
Origin France, S. (Avignon)
Date 2nd half of the 13th century? (after 1251)
Language Provençal (langue d'oc)
Script Gothic
Decoration Large puzzle initial in red and blue with pen-flourishing in the same colours, with some purple ink (ff. 1). Numerous large red initials with purple pen-flourishing or blue with red pen-flourishing. Smaller initials in red or blue with penwork decoration in the other colour. Paragraph marks in alternating red and blue ink.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 210 (220 x 150), in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 17 (+ 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Green suede binding with gold fillet.
Provenance Inscribed 'J S' on either side of a cross (ff. 1, 7, 13).
Annotated throughout in various medieval hands.
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 Original foliation in Roman numerals (i-iv, followed by i-xiv). Catchwords.
End damaged.
Reference to the date of 1251 (f. 1).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 4830.


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