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Detailed record for Harley 2373

Title Theological miscellany, including the Cloud of Unknowing
Origin England
Date 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Full-page diagrams in colours (ff. 14v, 22v). Initials in blue with red penwork decoration, some in the form of leaves and with reserved forms, and red pen-flourishing. Paraphs in red. Highlighting of letters in red.
Dimensions in mm 230 x 150 (185 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 80 ( + 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end + an unfoliated parchment leaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Former covers of brown leather pasted into the inside covers.
Provenance The charterhouse of the Assumption of St Mary, Mount Grace, East Harlsey, Yorkshire:
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2373.

The Cloud of Unknowing, ed. by Phyllis Hodgson, Early English Text Society (1944), no. 218.

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.132.


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Diagram

f. 14v
Diagram
Tree of Vices

f. 22v
Tree of Vices
Decorated initials

f. 23
Decorated initials
 
Decorated initial

f. 23v
Decorated initial

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