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Detailed record for Harley 5301

Title Statuts et armoiries des chevaliers de la Table Ronde de Bourges (Statutes and Armorial of the Round Table of Bourges)
Origin France, Central (Bourges?)
Date c. 1486 -1533
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Heraldic arms in colours and gold surrounded by the collar of the order, a rosary with a pendant depicting the Virgin and Child (ff. 18-29). Large initials in colours on a gold panel with flowers (ff. 1, 34), and numerous smaller initials in the same style.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 160
Official foliation ff. 54 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 8 unfoliated ruled parchment leaves after f. 16, 9 after ff. 29 and 34 + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end )
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance The manuscript was probably begun c. 1486 when the order was created, with additions to 1533 when Jean Lallemant l'Ainé died (his death is recorded on f. 34v).
Added inscription, c. 1492: 'raye la peinte armoyrie et mis les de valenciennes hors lad[ite] compaignye pour les causes cy apres declarees' (f. 22v, referring to explanations in the text on f. 30r-v).
?Comte de Fauux (or Fauve?), mid-17th century: inscribed 'Monsieur Le Comte de ?Fauux' (f. [i]v).
Added text, 17th century, entitled 'Relation veritable de se qui se passa le Mardi 2 Jour de Julliet au comba donne au bon faux bour de S Anthoine entre les trouppes du Cardinalle Masarin [Mazarin]... et celles de Monsieur Le duc dorleans... 1652', 17th century (ff. 16, 50-53).
Added pen-trials, 17th century (f. 54).
Matthew de Varenne, London bookseller and auctioneer (fl. 1723/4): sold by him to Harley on 24 October 1722.
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 ‘24 die Octobris, A.D. 1722’ (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 ff. [i] and [ii] are ruled and blank. ff. [i] and 54 are a former pastedowns.
A few ruled leaves have been left blank after f. 15 to enter the names of future members of the Round Table with the date of their admission into the order (ff. 15v-[16h]v). ff. 29v-[29i]v are also blank for the arms of the future members to be added. The same occurs after f. 34 at the end of the section recording deaths or exclusion of members.
ff. 50-54v are blank ruled parchment leaves, some with later additions.
Catchwords written vertically.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5301.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 166 n. 8.

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. 149, 336.

Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasure from the British Library, ed. by Thomas Kren (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983), p. 150 n. 3.


Images
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'Jehan Lalemant'

f. 18
'Jehan Lalemant'
'Jehan de Cuchermoyes'

f. 18v
'Jehan de Cuchermoyes'
'Pierre fils de Fame'

f. 19
'Pierre fils de Fame'
 
'Pierre fils de Fame'

f. 19
'Pierre fils de Fame'
'Jehan George'

f. 19v
'Jehan George'
'Claude Pichonnet'

f. 20
'Claude Pichonnet'
 
'Jehan Pietre'

f. 20v
'Jehan Pietre'
'Guillaume Rat'

f. 21
'Guillaume Rat'
'Guillaume Rat'

f. 21
'Guillaume Rat'
 
'Vincent de Vielbourg'

f. 21v
'Vincent de Vielbourg'
'Estienne Houet'

f. 22
'Estienne Houet'
'Estienne de Valencienes'

f. 22v
'Estienne de Valencienes'
 
'Anthoine Chambellan'

f. 23
'Anthoine Chambellan'
'Bernardin Bochetel'

f. 23v
'Bernardin Bochetel'
'Maistre Francois Perreau'

f. 24
'Maistre Francois Perreau'
 
'Guillaume Sarde'

f. 24v
'Guillaume Sarde'
'Pierre Sarde'

f. 25
'Pierre Sarde'
'Jehan Pichonnet'

f. 25v
'Jehan Pichonnet'
 
'Jehan Lalemant le Jeune'

f. 26
'Jehan Lalemant le Jeune'
'Guenimbeau Perreau'

f. 26v
'Guenimbeau Perreau'
'Maistre Martin Chambellan'

f. 27
'Maistre Martin Chambellan'
 
'Charles Fradet'

f. 27v
'Charles Fradet'
'Michel Canbre'

f. 28
'Michel Canbre'
'Pierre Gaultier'

f. 28v
'Pierre Gaultier'
 
'Lambert Amours'

f. 29
'Lambert Amours'

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