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Detailed record for Harley 2951

Title Hymnal, use of Sarum, with a calendar (ff. 126-131v)
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 14th century or 1st quarter of the 15h century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 'KL' initials in blue with red pen-flourishing and in red with blue pen-flourishing. 3 Initials in blue with red penwork decoration (ff. 119, 121v,122v). Initials in red, some large, some small. Smaller blue or red initials in the calendar. Staves ruled in red.
Dimensions in mm 180 x 110 (145 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 1*-3* + 134 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Johannes Bosuysek: named in obit, 26 February 1430 (f. 126v).
Johannes Turner: inscribed in 1543 with his name and 'ecclesia sancti Mildredi' (f. 133).
Thomas Morre: inscribed in the 16th century, 'To cousin Thomas Morre' (f. 133).
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 Musical notation.
The calendar probably dates to the 14th century and has an added obit of 1430 and added English saints.
f. 1* is a paper flyleaf.
ff. 2*, 3* are parchment flyleaves with pen trials.
ff. 133, 134 are parchment flyleaves.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2951.

Christopher Wordsworth and Henry Littlehales, The Old Service-Books of the English Church, 2nd edn (London: Methuen & Co., 1910), p. 119, pl. XII.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 77, 245, 332.

Carl P. E. Springer, The Manuscripts of Sedulius: A Provisional Handlist, Transaction of the American Philosophical Society, 85 (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1995), p. 147.


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