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Detailed record for Harley 5279

Author Justin
Title Epitome historiarum Trogi Pompeii
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Ormannus de Erfordia; annotations possibly by fra Evangelista of Cortona
Decoration Full white vine border in colours and gold, inhabited by putti, birds, and animals, with a portrait and an historiated initial (f. 1). 43 white vine initials in colours and gold, 1 at the beginning of each book (ff. 1v, 7v, 19, 23, 25v, 31, 35, 38, 41, 45, 46, 54, 62v, 67, 71, 74, 77v, 79v, 84v, 89, 91v, 96, 98v, 103v, 105v, 107v, 109, 111v, 113, 115v, 120, 123, 124, 125v, 126v, 129, 131, 137v, 141, 141v, 144v, 147v, 151v). Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 160 (150 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 154 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 1 parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Mottled brown leather with gold tooling.
Provenance The manuscript was written in Florence in the 3rd quarter of the 15th century, according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
The Jesuit college in Agen (Lot-et-Garonne, France), maintained by the Jesuits from 1591 to 1762: inscribed, 17th century, 'Coll. Agen Soc. Jesu catal. Insc' (f. 1).
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 Ruled in hardpoint. Horizontal catchwords.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5279.

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. 47.

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli, 2 vols, ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, pp. 395-574 (p, 524).


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Full white vine border

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Full white vine border

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