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Detailed record for Harley 2946

Title Breviary, Use of Sarum, including a Psalter with a litany (ff. 181-243v)
Origin England, S. (London?)
Date 1405
Language Latin and English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large historiated initial with full foliate borders, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the Psalter (f. 181). 2 large decorated initials with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 244). Marginal drawing in brown and red ink, at the beginning of the litany (f. 240). Large initials in gold on red and blue grounds. Small initials (2 lines) in blue with red foliate pen-flourishing. Small initials in plain red or blue. Decorated catchwords.
Dimensions in mm 190 x 130 (125 x 90) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 429 (+ 5 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Blind-tooled brown leather; blue edges.
Provenance Colophon 'Iste liber scriptus sunt per T. ff. Anno domini millesimo CoCoCoCo quinto.' (f. 420v).
William Petyt (b. 1640/41, d. 1707), lawyer and antiquary: his arms (a lion rampant in dexter chief a pheon) with his motto 'Qui s'estime petyt deviendra grand' on the front and back covers of the binding.
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: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 2946.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 717.

Owain Tudor Edwards, Matins, Lauds, and Vespers for St. David's Day: The Medieval Office of the Welsh Patron Saint in National Library of Wales MS 20541 E (Cambridge: Brewer, 1990), p. 115.

Andrew Hughes, Medieval Manuscripts for Mass and Office: A Guide to Their Organization and Terminology (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995), p. 375, n. 43

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), II, 132.

Kathleen L. Scott, Dated and Datable English Manuscript Borders c. 1395-1499 (London: British Library, 2002), pl. V.

Sherry L. Reamus, 'Late Medieval Efforts at Standardization and Reform in the Sarum Lessons for Saints' Days', in Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manusrcripts in England, ed. by Margaret Connolly and Linne R. Mooney (Woodbridge: Boydel & Brewer, 2008), pp. 91-117 (pp. 101, 102, 105).


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David

f. 181
David
David

f. 181
David
Marginal drawing

f. 240
Marginal drawing
 
Illuminated initials

f. 244
Illuminated initials

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