You are in Introduction. Click here to skip the navigation.
British Library
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
 Detail from the Roman de la Rose
About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search  Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Contact us  Main
print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back

search tips  Search tips
 
 

 

 
 

Detailed record for Harley 3828

Title Prayer book with an alphabet and texts for beginning readers
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date c. 1445
Language Dutch and Latin
Script Gothic
Artists In the style of the Master of the Gold Scrolls
Decoration 8 full-page miniatures in colours and gold painted on separate folios, with the rectos blank (ff. 17v, 19v, 21v, 23v, 25v, 27v, 29v, 55v). Full-page miniature (possibly slightly later, f. 206v). 12 small miniatures (ff. 64, 64v, 65, 65v, 66, 66v, 67, 67v, 68, 68v, 69, 69v). Small miniature with a full border and an initial in colours and gold (f. 40). Initials and full borders in colours and gold with foliate tendrils in ink. 5 large initials in blue with reserved designs and pen-flourishing in red or purple and yellow (ff. 76, 90, 93v, 101v, 183v). 1 large initial in red with reserved designs and pen-flourishing in purple (f. 129). Initials in colours and gold (only in the section from ff. 1-75v). Large initials in alternating red or blue. 'Champ' initials in gold on blue and pink grounds. Cadels (f. 62v).
Dimensions in mm 115 x 85 (65 x 50)
Official foliation ff. 209 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf and 4 parchment flyleaves at the beginning + 1 unfoliated ruled parchment leaf after ff. 18, 75 + 5 unfoliated parchment leaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Gilt edges.
Provenance Inscribed 'Jan ?Compenus' in a medieval hand.
Added inscriptions in Dutch in a medieval hand including the name 'Iohannis Heesbeen' and referring to the city of Bosch (?s'Hertogenbosch) (f. 209).
Humfrey Wanley (b. 1672, d. 1726), Old English scholar, palaeographer, and librarian of Robert and Edward Harley, earls of Oxford: inscribed ‘Bought of H. W.' (f. [ii]).
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 Includes circular diagrams and a table concerning the golden number and Sunday letters.
Five suffrages, each illustrated with a full-page miniature: Henry Suso (f. 17v), William of Maleval (f. 19v), Barbara (f. 21v), Catherine (f. 23v), Helen (f. 25v).
Offsets of approximately 20 pilgrim badges (f. [iii]).
Some parts of the manuscript (ff. 13-16 and ff. 76-208v) seem to have been added slightly later: the script and decoration are different.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3828.

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. 341-44 (p. 344).

Kathryn Rudy, 'An Illustrated Mid-Fifteenth-Century Primer for a Flemish Girl: British Library, Harley MS 3828', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 69 (2006), 51-93v.


Images
* * *
 
Calendar

f. 9
Calendar
Henry Suso

f. 17
Henry Suso
Female teacher

f. 27v
Female teacher
 
ABC

f. 28
ABC
Trinity

f. 29v
Trinity
Last Judgment

f. 40
Last Judgment
 
Virgin and Child

f. 55v
Virgin and Child
Prayer

f. 56
Prayer
Prayer

f. 57v
Prayer
 
Prayer

f. 58
Prayer
Crucifixion

f. 64
Crucifixion
Christ's robe and dice

f. 65v
Christ's robe and dice
 

print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back
top Back