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Detailed record for Harley 4399

Author Guillaume de Diguleville
Title Pèlerinage de vie humaine
Origin France, N.
Date Last quarter of the 14th century or 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 103 coloured drawings using a restricted palette (yellow, purple, green, grey, brown) against a background of silver scrolls on red, corresponding to the width of the column (up to 4 per page). Coloured initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 200 (210 x 150), in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 1* + 88 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation Mainly in quires of 8.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown mottled calf with gold fillets and blind tooling.
Provenance Inscribed 'Le Songe de Cordelier du Chemin de Paradis', ?16th century (f. 1*).
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie (see Wright 1972): sold to Edward Harley on 18 January 1723/4.
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 Januarij, A.D. 1723/24’ (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 Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Catchwords written horizontally. Leaf signatures.
F. 27 is damaged.
F. 1* is a parchment leaf.
1st recension of the text.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 4399.

Harry Leigh Douglas Ward, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), II (1893), pp. 569-71.

Rosemond Tuve, 'Guillaume's Pilgrim and the Hous of Fame', Modern Language Notes, 45 (1930), 518-22 (pp. 519 n. 2, 520).

C. H. Talbot, ‘A List of Cistercian Manuscripts in Great Britain’, Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion, 8 (1952), 402-18 (p. 417).

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. 255 n. 5.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 253-55.

Ursula Pieters, Das Ich im Bild: die Figur des Autors in volksprachigen Handschriften des 13. bis 16. Jahrhunderts (Cologne: Bohlau, 2008), p. 149.


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Guillaume de Diguleville preaching

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