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Detailed record for Harley 3732

Author Bartholomaeus de S. Concordio
Title Summa Pisana with an index (ff. 194v-198)
Origin Italy, N. (Carpi)
Date 1449
Language Latin
Script Cursive
Decoration 6 large puzzle initials in red and blue, or red and green with red and/or green pen-flourishing (f. 1, 10v, 34, 44v, 63, 154). Initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in various colours. Smaller initials in red with green pen-flourishing and in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 210 ( 220 x 145) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 199 ( + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Written in Carpi, Italy in 1449: inscribed,'Pisanella sine Supto Loci Carpi' (f. 1); and with the colophon, 'Scriptum in Carpo [Carpi, Modena] die 18 Augusti 1449' (f. 194).
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 f. 58* follows after f. 58, making for a total of 199 folios.
f. 129 is torn at the top left.
f. 174 is torn near the inner margin.
Horizontal catchwords.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 3732.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), no. 782.

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Decorated initials

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Decorated initials

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