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Detailed record for Harley 4946

Author Anselm of Laon
Title Anonymous comments to Virgil's Aeneid, Books 4-6 (ff. 1-77v, imperfect at the beginning), Bucolics (ff. 77v-94v), and Georgics (ff. 95-95v, imperfect at the end), Anselm's comment to Aeneid, Books 7-12 (ff. 25v-77v), and 'Fabularius', possibly a compendium of Boccaccio's 'Genealogia deorum gentilium' (ff. 96-110v) with table of contents (ff. 110v-111)
Origin Germany, S. or Austria
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic hybrid
Decoration Puzzle initials in red and blue with penwork decoration in red and black (ff. 77v, 95, 96). Initials in red or blue with penwork decoration in red, blue and black. Initials in red. Titles and rubrics (ff. 96-110v) in red.
Dimensions in mm 330 x 225 (195 x 140), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 111 (+ one unfoliated early modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and the end).
Collation Gatherings mostly of 12, with traces of quire signatures in the first rectos and horizontal catchword in the lower right corner of the last verso of gatherings.
Form Parchment codex.
Binding BM/BL in-house. Mottled brown leather, 18th century.
Provenance B. Squiroli or Squeroli (unidentified): inscribed 'B. Squirolis [or Squerolis] Artium Bachalaureus' followed by 'et doctor futurus' (f. 110v; Jones 1996).
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 manuscript is imperfect at the beginning and 8 leaves have been excised after f. 95.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808) , no. 4946.

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. 183.

Julian W. Jones, Jr., An 'Aeneid' Commentary of Mixed Type: The Glosses in MSS Harley 4946 and Ambrosianus G 111 inf.: A Critical Edition, Studies and Texts, 126 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1996).


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