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Detailed record for Harley 2443

Title Devotional manual
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Cursive
Decoration Scatter border in colours and gold with violets, strawberries, butterflies, and a large initial 'D' (ilexi) in gold on a pink ground (f. 2). Numerous champ initials, some large, some small. Rubrics in red. Cadels. Capitals marked in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 100 (75 x 50)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 70 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold tooling; gilt and gauffered edges.
Provenance 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 Imperfect; wanting folios at the beginning and at the end.
Ruled in red.
f. 1* is a former pastedown with an imprint of an early blind-stamped binding.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2443.

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