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Detailed record for Harley 6301

Author Philip King of Macedon, Artaxerxes, Hystanes, Hippocrates, Libanius, Pseudo-Homer, Agapetus the deacon, Isocrates, Theognis of Megara
Title Miscellany, including letters of Philip of Macedon, Artaxerxes, Hystanes, Hippocrates and Libanius (ff. 3-5, 6-7), Pseudo-Homer's 'Batrachomyomachia' (ff. 8-24v), 'Dicta Catonis' translated by Maximos Planudes (ff. 25-43v), Agapetus's 'Expositio capitum admonitoriorum' (ff. 44-65v), Isocrates's 'Ad demonicum', 'Ad Nicoclem' and 'Nicocles' (ff. 76-92v, 93v-115, 116-125), and Theognis's 'Gnomai' (ff. 126v-195)
Origin Eastern Mediterranean or Italy, Central
Date 1st quarter of the 16th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Several scribes, including Andreas Donos and perhaps Janos Lascaris
Decoration Title in display capitals in red (f. 8). Headpieces with foliate or geometric decoration in red (ff. 25, 44, 126v). Initials with foliate decoration, titles and rubrics in red or light brown.
Dimensions in mm 215 x 155 (130/140 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 195 (ff. 1-2 are original upper flyleaves; + several unfoliated original leaves between texts, and 3 modern flyleaves at the beginning and the end)
Collation Gatherings mostly of 8, with four sets of quire signatures in the lower margin of the first recto of gatherings and also on the last verso (ff. 127-195).
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1966.
Provenance Written by several scribes, including:
a) Andreas Donos (ff. 1v-2; see Gamillscheg and Harlfinger 1981);
b) possibly Janos Lascaris (ff. 127-195; Young 1953, but see Summary Catalogue 1999).
The Jesuit College in Agen (Lot-et-Garonne, France), maintained by the Jesuits from 1591 to 1762: inscribed, 17th century, 'Colleg. Agenen. Socie Jesu. Catal. Inscrip.' (f. 3; see 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.
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 Latin title on lower fore-edge.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 6301.

Henri Omont, 'Notes sur les manuscrits grecs du British Museum', Bibliothèque de l'École des Chartes, 45 (1884), 314-50, 584 (p. 335).

E. Maunde Thompson, ‘Catalogue of Classical Manuscripts’, Classical Review, 2 (1888), 102-4, 171-74 (pp. 104 no. 21, 171 no. 33); 3 (1889), 149-55, 440-45 (p. 153 no. 90).

Arthur Ludwich, De codicibus Batrachomachiae dissertatio, Index lectionum in Regia Academia Albertina per hiemem anni 1894/5 (Königsberg: [no pub.], 1894), p. 6.

Die Handschriften der antiken Ärzte, ed. by Hermann Diels, 2 vols (Berlin: Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1905-1906), I: Hippokrates und Galenos, p. 38.

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. 47, 465.

Douglas C. C. Young, 'A Codicological Inventory of Theognis Manuscripts', Scriptorium, 7 (1953), 3-36 (p. 27, no. 40).

Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3-1, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. 14.

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. 152.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 201.


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