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Detailed record for Harley 1321

Part 1 ff. 1-217v 
Author Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube, Guibert d'Andrenas
Title Cycle of Aimeri de Narbonne: 'Girart de Viane' by Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube, 5560 lines, imperfect at the beginning (ff. 4-38v), 'Aimeri de Narbonne' and 'Narbonnais', 12850 lines (ff. 38v-120v), 'Siége de Barbastre', 8400 lines (ff. 121-175), and 'Guibert d'Andrenas' and 'Mort d'Aimeri', 6560 lines, imperfect at the end (ff. 176-217v)
Origin France, N.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language French
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration 3 miniatures in colours and gold of Aimeri kneeling in front of Charlemagne (f. 38v), Aimeri feasting at Narbonne (f. 121, badly damaged), and Guibert standing beside Aimeri on his death bed (f. 176, damaged). Initials with penwork decoration extending into the borders in blue and red. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 175 (185 x 115), in two columns
 
Part 2 ff. 3-3v, 218-218v 
Title Sacramentary
Origin France
Date 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Large initials in red and brown ink. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 170 (more than 230 x 145/150)
 
Official foliation ff. 220 (ff. 1-3, 218-220 are parchment flyleaves; + 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and the end).
Form Parchment codex.
Binding BM/BL in-house. 19th century.
Provenance Nicolas Joseph Foucault (b. 1643, d. 1721), marquis de Magny, statesman and archaeologist: his book-plate with the legend 'EX BIBLIOTHECA / NICOLAI JOSEPH FOUCAULT / COMITIS CONSISTORIANI' with his arms [sable] a lion rampant, dexter, crowned [argent], as supporters two lions [argent]; a couronne de marquis surmounting the shield (f. 1v; see Wright 1972).
Thomas Ballard, bookseller and book auctioneer in London; his sale, 20 February 1720/21, lot 192, bought for Edward Harley possibly through Nathaniel Noel (see Wright and Wright 1966; 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, ‘23 Februarij, 1720/21’ (f. 4).
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 Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
The text corresponds to the so-called cycle of Aimeri de Narbonne that is also found in Royal 20.B IX and relates to the cycle of Guillaume d'Orange (see Busby 2002, p. 383).
The manuscript lacks single leaves after ff. 3, 181, 217, and 8 leaves after f. 23. The lost leaf at the beginning of 'Girart de Viane' was probably also decorated with a miniature.
Ff. 3 and 218 are the original flyleaves from an 11th-century Sacramentary.
Ff. 1-2, 219-220 are early modern flyleaves from two French 17th-century charters or chancery manuscripts.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 1321.

Harry L. D. Ward and John A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), 1: Harry L. D. Ward (1883), pp. 660-63.

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. 91 n. 7.

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. 62, 155, 394.

Girart de Vienne, ed. by Wolfgang van Emden (Paris: Socie´te´ des anciens textes franc¸ais, 1977), p. XLII.

Le siège de Barbastre, ed. by Bernard Guidot, Les classiques français du Moyen Âge, 137 (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2000), p. 18.

Keith Busby, Codex and Context: Reading Old French Verse Narrative in Manuscript, Études de langue et littérature française, 221 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002), pp. 383-84, 393, 773.

Guibert D'Andrenas, ed by Muriel Ott, Les classiques français du Moyen Âge, 147 (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2004), p. 15.

Aymeri de Narbonne, ed by Hélène Gallé, Les Classiques Français du Moyen Age, 155 (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2007), p. 20-22.


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Part  1   ff. 1-217v
Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube, Guibert d'Andrenas Cycle of Aimeri de Narbonne: 'Girart de Viane' by Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube, 5560 lines, imperfect at the beginning (ff. 4-38v), 'Aimeri de Narbonne' and 'Narbonnais', 12850 lines (ff. 38v-120v), 'Siége de Barbastre', 8400 lines (ff. 121-175), and 'Guibert d'Andrenas' and 'Mort d'Aimeri', 6560 lines, imperfect at the end (ff. 176-217v)
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Decorated initial

f. 3v-4
Decorated initial
Aimeri kneeling before Charlemagne

f. 38v
Aimeri kneeling before Charlemagne

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