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Detailed record for Harley 5234

Author Isidore, Stephen of Salley, and others
Title Theological miscellany, including Stephen of Salley's Meditationes de gaudiis beatae Mariae (ff. 111-113)
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, Gothic cursive, written below top line
Scribe Composite manuscript, written by a variety of scribes
Decoration Full-page drawing in red and black ink with a brown wash of the Crucifixion and the tree of life with verses (f. 5). Large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing, or in red with blue pen-flourishing, some also with decoration in the other colour. Highlighting of letters in red. Paraphs in red. Rubrics in red. Small initials in red or blue. Marginal drawings in ink (ff. 110v, 136, 145).
Dimensions in mm 220 x 150 (180 x 115) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 198 + 1*, 1**, 2* ( + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1977.
Provenance The Benedictine cathedral priory of St Cuthbert, Durham: ownership inscriptions (ff. 1** verso, 4v).
Added texts, contents lists, and pen-trials (ff. 1** verso-4v, 196v-197v).
f. 198 is a 15th-century flyleaf.
Thomas Tempest (d. 1743), 4th baronet, county Durham: inscribed 'Sir Thomas Tempest Baronet (f. 2*).
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5234.

Durham Cathedral Manuscripts to the end of the Twelfth Century, intro. by R. A. B. Mynors (Oxford: University Press, 1939), p. 52.

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. 416).

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 73.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books ed. by N. R. Ker, Supplement to the Second Edition, ed. by Andrew G. Watson, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 15 (London: The Royal Historical Society, 1987), p. 31.

Maureen Boulton, Sacred Fictions of Medieval France (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2015), p. 308.

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