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Detailed record for Harley 4328

Title Life of Christ (books 6-10)
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c. 1460 - c. 1468
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists In the style of the Master of Jacques de Luxembourg.
Decoration 3 large miniatures with full foliate borders including hybrid figures, heraldic arms and mottos, in colours and gold (ff. 17, 254, 410). 1 small and 2 large decorated initials with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 36, 129v). Small initials and line fillers in gold on red and blue grounds. Capitals highlighted in yellow. Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 145 x 102 (95 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 486 (+ 3 paper and 2 parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 2 parchment and 2 paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation Gatherings of eight
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Charles I de Melun (d. 1468), Grand Master of France: arms and motto 'vous et non plus' (ff. 17, 410).
Nicholas Joseph Foucault (b. 1643, d. 1721), marquis de Magny, statesman and archaeologist: his book-plate with the legend 'EX BIBLIOTHECA | NICOLAI JOSEPH FOUCAULT | COMITIS CONSISTORIANI' with his arms [sable] a lion rampant, dexter, crowned [argent], as supporters two lions [argent]; a couronne de marquis surmounting the shield (inside upper cover).
Thomas Ballard, bookseller and book auctioneer in London: included in auction at Paul's Coffee House, 20 February 1720/1, lot 8; bought through Nathaniel Noel, bookseller, by Humfrey Wanley (see Diary 1966).
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, 1720.21.' (f. 1). 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 This is the second volume of a set (see rubrics ff. 1, 15v-16, 16v, 486).
We thank Jean-Luc Deuffic for the identification of the coat of arms.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III, no. 4328.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 91 n. 14.

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. 62, 155.


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Baptism of Christ

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Crucifixion

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Resurrection

f. 410
Resurrection
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f. 410
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