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Detailed record for Harley 1730

Title Wycliffite Sermons (imperfect)
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic hybrid
Decoration Initials in blue, some with red pen-flourishing (ff. 1-11v). Paraphs in blue. Rubrics in red with additional red underlining.
Dimensions in mm 230 x 155 (175 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 1-6* + 105 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves before f. 1* and + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end; 1-6* are medieval parchment flyleaves)
Collation Mostly in quires of 8.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1970.
Provenance Text added, 15th century: Latin prose tracts (ff. 1-6*, ff. 97-105).
Inscribed, 16th century: marginal notations throughout.
Henry Worsley (d. 1747), the second son of Sir Robert Worsley, 3rd baronet (b. 1675, d. 1747), scholar and manuscript collector, envoy at the Court of Portugal (1714-21) and governor of Barbados (1721-31); donated by him to Robert Harley together with other manuscripts from Worsley's collection (now Harley 1585-1747, 1811, 1812) before December 1712 (see Diary 1966).
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 incipits in Gothic script. Visible prickings and catchwords.
A red star is affixed on f. 32, which was used to mark display pages in an 1884 British Museum exhibition of Wycliffite writings.
Select bibliography E. M. Thompson,Wycliffe Exhibition in the King’s Library (London: Clowes and Sons, 1884), no. 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, pp. xix-xx.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 361.

Anne Hudson, Lollards and Their Books, (London: The Hambledon Press, 1985), p. 250.

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Pen-flourished initial

f. 10v
Pen-flourished initial

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