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Detailed record for Harley 3263

Author Jean du Temps of Blois
Title Organon Astronomicon ex hypothesibus Copernici extructum
Origin France, Central (Blois ?)
Date Last quarter of the 16th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe ? Jean du Temps
Artists ? Jean du Temps
Decoration 2 maps of the southern and northern hemispheres (ff. 2v-3) in ink, brown and yellow. Numerous astronomical tables, diagrams and volvelles in ink, brown, yellow and green.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 210 (205/210 x 140/150)
Official foliation ff. 89 (+ 2 unfoliated flyleaves and 2 blank leaves at the beginning and the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of mottled brown leather.
Provenance An astrological treatise with diagrams and volvelles by the cartographer Jean Du Temps of Blois (b. 1555), for whom see Alexander Marr, 'A Renaissance Library Rediscovered: The ‘Repertorium librorum Mathematica’ of Jean I du Temps', The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, Series 7, 9 (2008), 428-70.
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie (see Wright 1972): sold to Edward Harley on 23 February 1719/20.
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, ‘23 Februarij, 1719/20’ (f. ii).
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: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3263.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 196 n. 1.

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. 254, 425.

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Diagram of the sun

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Diagram of the sun

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