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Detailed record for Harley 1737

Author Boethius
Title De institutione arithmetica (imperfect)
Origin France
Date Last quarter of the 11th century or 1st quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Numerous tables and diagrams in red. Initials in red or brown, occasionally with minor penwork decoration. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 215 x 140 (140 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 33 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Light brown leather and marbled paper over paste boards.
Provenance Added glosses and notes by later (mainly 13th-century) hands.
Henry Worsley (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: a note in pencil (f. 1) in the hand of Harley's librarian, Humfrey Wanley (1672-1726), reads 'Coll Worsley'.
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 Leaves lost before f. 1.
Quire signatures (in the centre of the lower margin of the recto of the first leaf of the quires, beginning with 'iii' on f. 7); uncrossed tironian ets.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II, no. 1737.

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.

Codices Boethiani : A Conspectus of Manuscripts of the Works of Boethius ed. by M. T. Gibson and Lesley Smith, Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts 25 (London: Warburg Institute, 1995- ), I: Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, no. 111, p. 135.


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