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Detailed record for Harley 4371

Author Pierre Le Baud
Title Chronicles of the Dukes and Princes of Brittany (Le livre des croniques des roys, ducs et princes de Bretaigne)
Origin France (Paris)
Date 1st quarter of the 16th century, before 1514
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Written by more than one scribe
Decoration Full border in colours and gold with the arms of Anne of Brittany, birds, fruit, foliate motifs, and a large initial 'A' (f. 1). Large faceted initials in colours, gold, and silver with floral or foliate motifs at the beginning of each chapter. very small initials in gold on red or in silver on blue panels. Rubrics in red. Ruled in red.
Dimensions in mm 360 x 250 (240 x 170) in two columns
Official foliation f. 357 (+ 9 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and several unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooled medallions on upper and lower covers of two lions rampant supporting the coat of arms of Louis Henri de Loménie, comte de Brienne; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance Anne of Brittany (b. 1477, d. 1514), wife of Louis XII, king of France: her arms, crowned and surrounded by a cordelière (f. 1); the text is dedicated to her as queen of France (f. 1).
The library at Château d’Anet, with the usual mark, partially trimmed (f. 1, left-hand upper margin).
Louis Henri de Loménie (b. 1635, d. 1698), comte de Brienne: his armorial binding (a catalogue of his books dated 1656 features in Harley 4455, ff. 185-238).
The Loménie de Brienne family: sold by the son of Louis Henri de Loménie through the London bookseller James Woodman on 18 May 1724 to Edward Harley, his sale, lot 1206 (see Wright 1972).
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 ‘18 die Maij, A.D. 1724’ (f. [ii]).
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 Bookmark of green silk.
Incipit: 'Cy commence le livre des Croniques des Ducs & Princes de Bretaigne Armoricane, aultrement nomée la moindre Bretaigne.'
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 4371.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 313 n.10.

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. 50, 225-26, 358-59.

Michael Jones, 'Les manuscrits d'Anne de Bretagne', Mémoires de la Société d'Histoire et d'Archéologie de Bretagne, 55 (1978), 43-81 (p. 56 n. 56 and Appendix I n. 12).

Georges Peyronnet, 'Les sources documentaires anglaises de l'histoire médiévale de la Bretagne (suite), Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l'Ouest, 94 (1987), 5-19 (p. 7).

Dictionnaire des lettres françaises: Le Moyen Âge, ed. by Geneviève Hasenohr and Michel Zink (Paris: Librairie générale françaises, 1992), pp. 1180-81.


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Border with coats of arms of Anne of Brittany

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Border with coats of arms of Anne of Brittany

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