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Detailed record for Harley 3002

Author Various authors including Augustine
Title Sermons and various other works, including legends, texts relating to the conduct of priests and canon law; concluded by 'opere explicit'
Origin Germany, W. (Arnstein)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Numerous initials in red, frequently with penwork decoration, occasionally with reserved designs. Some small initials in blue or black with penwork decoration in the same colour and red. Rubrics in red or in dark brown ink, the latter frequently with some red or light brown. Simple line fillers in red. Display script in alternate red and brown letters (f. 112). Space for one 1 large initial left blank (f. 112).
Dimensions in mm 230 x 155 (175 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 198 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf and 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1974; fragments of previous covers (blind- and gold-tooled brown leather) pasted on the inside covers.
Provenance ?The Premonstratensian abbey of St Mary and St Nicholas, Arnstein: Inscribed, ?15th century 'liber sancte marie sanctique nicolai in aristeyn' (f. 1v). (see Krings 1990, p. 249).
William: inscribed, ?12th/13th century, 'Wilhelmus' (f. 1).
Added text, 13th century (ff. 197v-198v).
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 Quire marks (lower case Roman numerals).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 3002.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 53.

Sigrid Krämer, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz: Ergänzungsband 1, 3 vols (Munich, 1989-90), I (1989), p. 25.

Bruno Krings, Das Prämonstratenserstift Arnstein a. d. Lahn im Mittelalter (1139-1527) (Wiesbaden: Selbstverlag der Historischen Kommission für Nassau, 1990), pp. 248-49 (no. 20).

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Decorated initials

f. 129v
Decorated initials

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