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Detailed record for Harley 3754

Author Virgil
Title Bucolica (ff. 1-4v); Georgica (ff. 4v-14v0; Aeneis with verse preface (ff. 15-61); various works by Lucan (ff. 61v-101); Statius Thebaid (ff. 101-120v); Horace (ff. 121-155v); Persius (ff. 156-159); Juvenal (ff. 159-159v); and Ovid (ff. 160-173)
Origin Italy, N.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 miniature in colours of a man pruning vines (f. 7). 5 drawings in brown ink of agricultural tasks (ff. 1, 4v, 9v, 12, 15, the last, added). Initials in blue with red pen-flourishing and in red with purple pen-flourishing (ff. 121-139v). Rubrics in red. Capitals marked in red.
Dimensions in mm 410 x 290 (300 x 195) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 173 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The Jesuit College in Agen (Lot-et-Garonne, France), maintained by the Jesuits from 1591 to 1762: inscribed, 17th century, 'Colle. Agen. Soc. Jesu Cat. Inscri' (f.1).
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. 3 has been trimmed vertically; only half of the folio remains.
80 mm has been trimmed from the bottom of f. 150.
Horizontal catchwords in frames with simple penwork decoration in brown, yellow and red.
Numerous blank spaces intended for miniatures.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3754.

Franco Munari, Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Supplement 4 (London: University of London Institute of Classical Studies, 1957), no. 171.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 47.

R. D. Williams, T. S. Pattie, Virgil. His Poetry through the Ages (London: The British Library, 1982), p. 135.

David Anderson, 'Boccaccio Glosses on Statius', Studi sul Boccaccio 22 (1994), 3-134 (p. 125).

Matteo Venier, Per una storia del testo di Virgilio nella prima eta del libro a stampa (1469-1519) (Udine: Forum, 2001), p. 16 n. 44.

Maurizio Fiorilla, Marginalia figurati nei codici di Petrarca, Biblioteca di Lettere Italiane, Studi e Testi, 15 (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 2005), pp.28-29, n. 35.


Images
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Two shepherds

f. 1
Two shepherds
Man pruning vines

f. 7
Man pruning vines
Shepherd with his flock

f. 9v
Shepherd with his flock
 
Armed horseman

f. 15
Armed horseman
Five pen-flourished initials

f. 121
Five pen-flourished initials
Pen-flourished initial 'P'(hoebus)

f. 133v
Pen-flourished initial 'P'(hoebus)
 
Marginal notes

f. 162
Marginal notes
Text page

f. 170
Text page

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