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Detailed record for Harley 3090

Author Ivo of Chartres
Title Decretum (ff. 1v-133v); Ordo librorum qui sunt legendi per circulum anni (ff. 133v-134); excerpts from Augustine and Ambrose (f. 134)
Origin France
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 1 full-page tree of consanguinity in green with some mauve and blue (f. 91v). 13 large foliate initials in green, red, blue, yellow and mauve, occasionally with clasps, dragons, or animals including a lion and a bird (ff. 4, 14v, 25v, 36, 44, 62, 77, 81, 89v, 93v, 100v, 103v, 106v). 4 large foliate initials in red, and occasionally some yellow or green, with clasps and one with an animal head (ff. 1v, 110, 115, 123). 2 large initials in red (ff. 53, 133v). Simple initials in red or green, some in black, one in blue (f. 24), one in mauve (f. 49), occasionally with penwork decoration, one more elaborate (f. 61). Display script in brown or red for the letters following the large initials. Rubrics in red or green.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 180 (230 x 130)
Official foliation ff. 134 (+ 4 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1966; edges sprinkled red and blue.
Provenance Charles Davis (fl. c. 1720), bookseller: acquired from him for the Harley Collection.
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, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley ‘16 Januarij 1721/22’ (f. [iv]).
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 Ruled in plummet; ae-caudatas; ampersands; uncrossed tironian ets; quire marks and quire signatures in crayon: 'b'-'r'; running headers (added?).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II (1808), no. 3090.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 127 n. 8.

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. 125.

David C. Wright, 'The Manuscripts of the Tractatus in Iohannem: A Supplementary List', Recherches Augustiniennes 16 (1981), 59-100 (p. 82).


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