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Detailed record for Harley 5764

Title Prayer book: Psalter of Jerome, Psalter of Augustine, Hours of the Dead, Hours of the Trinity, Hours of John the Baptist, Suffrages, Prayer to the Holy Face
Origin France, Central (Angers?)
Date c. 1450 - c. 1460
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Related to the group of the Jouvenel Master.
Decoration 7 full-page miniatures with large initials (3 lines) in blue on brown or in brown on blue grounds, decorated with golden acanthus, and full foliate borders including hybrid figures, birds, etc., in colours and gold, at the beginning of the different texts (ff. 1, 26, 69, 77v, 81, 87, 97). All text pages with full foliate borders including hybrid figures, birds, etc., in colours and gold. Large and small initials (2-3 lines) in blue on brown or in brown on blue grounds, decorated with golden acanthus. Small initials (1 line) and line fillers in gold on red or blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 135 x 95 (60 x 40)
Official foliation ff. 100 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated original parchment and 1 paper flyleaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Speckled brown leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Made for a woman: although some miniatures depict the owner as male, a prayer uses feminine form 'Ego indigna ancilla tua...' (f. 95).
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III, no. 5764.


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Miniature

f. 69
Miniature
John the Baptist

f. 81
John the Baptist

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