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Detailed record for Harley 2349

Title Decretals; Statutes of England ; Constitutions; etc. (imperfect at the beginning)
Origin England, Central
Date c. 1341-c. 1350
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Initials in blue or red with pen-flourishing in the other colour.
Dimensions in mm 180 x 105 (135 x 75)
Official foliation ff. 115 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Remains of the previous binding (gold- and blind-tooled dark brown sprinkled leather) pasted on the inside covers.
Provenance Numerous references in the text to Reading, Oxford, etc.
Added texts in 14th-century hands (ff. 112v-115v).
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 One of the texts includes the date of 1334 (f. 98) and another 1341 (f. 112v).
For a more detailed list of contents, see Catalogue 1808.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2349.

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