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Detailed record for Harley 3687

Author Bernard Gui
Title Various tracts including Flores cronicorum, Arbor genealogiae regum Francorum, de comitibus Tholosanis, de temporibus et annis generalium et particularium conciliorum, de officio Missae, de nominibus apostolorum et 72 discipulis, de articulis fidei, 7 sacrementis, and decalogo (the last is imperfect)
Origin France, S. (Avignon)
Date c. 1350 - c. 1360
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 30 miniatures in colours and gold, showing the genealogical trees of the kings of France (ff. 112v-127). 12 large decorated initials in colours and gold with bar extensions and rinceaux motifs (ff. 1, 6 (x 2), 72, 82, 112, 128, 130v, 139, 141v, 142v, 150). Smaller initials in blue with red penwork decoration in plain red, or in red with purple penwork decoration. Even smaller plain initials in red or blue. Paraphs in red or blue. Rubrics in red. Capitals marked in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 355 x 240 (270 x 160) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 154 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1981.
Provenance Rithoef(?): signature and inscription, 'Emi Lutetia III Non Aug. / MDXC. XXVIII' (f. 154v).
Pierre Séguier (b. 1588, d. 1672), chancellor of France from 1635 (see Wright 1972).
Andrew Hay (d. 1754?), dealer: sold together with other manuscripts from the Séguier collection on 5 September 1720.
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 ‘5 Septembris, 1720' (f. [iii]).
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 Horizontal catchwords.
f. [155] is a ruled parchment leaf.
We thank François Avril for the localisation and dating of this manuscript.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3687.

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. 68 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. 183, 301.

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Text page with decorated initials

f. 6
Text page with decorated initials

f. 112v

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