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Detailed record for Harley 3121

Author Arator
Title Epistola ad Florianum, Epistola ad Vigilium, De actibus apostolorum (ends incompletely); with interlinear and mariginal glosses.
Origin Germany
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration 1 outline drawing in oxidised red and brown ink (f. 1). Small initials in plain oxidised red. Textual divisions marked with ink flourishes in the outer margins.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 140 (160 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 56 (+ 2 paper and 2 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 2 paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation i-vii8 (ff. 1-56)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Harleian binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance Possible shelf mark inscription, 17th? century: '129', or '29' altered to '19' (f. 1).
?Johann Georg Graevius (b. 1632, d. 1703), German classical scholar and critic: sold to Wilhelm in 1703 with the rest of his library? (see Wright 1972).
?Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (b. 1658, d. 1716), owner of a library in Düsseldorf: bought the entire Graevius library in 1703 (Wright 1972).
?Giovanni Giacomo Zamboni (d. 1753), resident in London for the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (c. 1723-1753), friend of Michael Mattaire, the classical scholar and historian of printing: bought the Wilhelm library sometime before 1724 through Johann Büchels (b. 1659, d. 1738) (Wright 1972).
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 '20 die mensis Octobris, / A.D. 1725.' (f. 1). 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 Guide letters. Quire signatures.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III, no. 3121.

A. C. Clark, 'The Library of J. G. Graevius', The Classical Review, 5 (1891), 365-72 (p. 370).

Herbert Thoma, ‘Altdeutsches aus Londoner Handschriften’, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutscher Sprache und Literatur, 73 (1951), 197-271 (p. 234).

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: The Bibliographical Society, 1966), II, 1722-1726, pp. 285-86.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 168-69, 357.

Michael Lapidge, Anglo-Latin Literature 600-899 (London: Hambledon Press, 1996), p. 484n.

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