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Detailed record for Harley 1524

Title Pauline Epistles with a commentary, imperfect at the beginning and at the end (begins at Romans 1.2 and ends at Hebrews 11.13)
Origin England
Date c. 1250
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration Puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in the same colours, some large, some small. Large initials in red or blue with red or blue pen-flourishing. Plain initials in red or blue. Initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Running headers in red and blue. Paraphs in red.
Dimensions in mm 375 x 265 (245 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 1* + 226 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1965.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St. Augustine, Canterbury: its pressmark, 'D. iii. G. ii' (f. 1*) (see Ker).
Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician.
Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts: he bequeathed his 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 f. 1*, a parchment flyleaf, has been refoliated and is now f. 1.
ff. 218, 219, 223 have been trimmed and restored with modern pieces of parchment.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), I, no. 1524.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 44.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 95.


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