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Detailed record for Harley 5418

Part 1 ff. 1-82v 
Title Various texts including the Brut Chronicle (the Abbreviatio version), chronicle of England to 1192, Mirabilia angliae, imperfect, etc.
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 2 puzzle initials in red and blue with penwork decoration in red or blue (ff. 17, 36). Large initial in blue with reserved design and red pen-flourishing (f. 34). Initials in red or blue with penwork decoration in the other colour. Paraphs in alternating red or blue. Capitals marked in red.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 150 (160 x 115) in 2 columns
Part 2 ff. 106-160v 
Author Leonardus Brunus Aretinus
Title De bello italico adversus Gotos
Origin Italy, N. W. (Alessandria, ?Piedmont)
Date 1471
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Antonius Ruzinentus (colophon on f. 160v)
Decoration Large initial in red with pink pen-flourishing (f. 106). Coloured initials and paraphs in red. Spaces for initials left blank (ff. 122, 134v, 148v).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 170 (160 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 161 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 1 unfoliated paper leaf after f. 105 + 4 unfoliated unwritten ruled paper leaves after f. 160 + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment and paper (ff. 83-161 only)
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1968.
Provenance Part 1 (ff. 1-82v)
Added marginal inscriptions in various medieval and post-medieval hands in English and Latin (e.g., ff. 1, 17v-18, 35, 55, 66v, 67, 78v, 79)
Effaced inscription (f. 9).
Effaced inscription 'The man blest that hathe ?nos' in Gothic bookhand, ?15th century (f. 32v, 39).
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 by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley 'sent in by my Lord Harley 16 of September 1714' (f. 1).

ff. 83-[105a] contain a 17th century text written on paper.

Part 2 (ff. 106-161v)
Written in 1471 by Antonius Ruzinentus in Alessandria (?Piedmont): inscribed colophon 'Leonardi arethini de bello italico adversus gotthos gesto libri quattuor expliciu[n]t. scripti per me Antoniu[m] ruzinentu[m] an[n]o a natali christi Mocccclxxi finiti die iiia augusti Alexandrie du[m] ibidem gram[m]atice rhetoriceque atque poesis redimenta publice traderem.' (f. 160v).
Added inscription, ?15th century (f. 161v).
The Harley Collection (see above, no inscription by Humfrey Wanley).

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 All texts in part 1 are incomplete. The Brut chronicle is beginning in the middle of book 7 (ff. 1-16).
For a more detailed list of contents, see Catalogue 1808.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5418.

F. M. Powicke, 'Notes on the Compilation of the "Chronica Majora" of Matthew Paris', Modern Philology, 38-3 (1941), 305-317 (p. 308 n. 7).

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. 68 n. 1.

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. 182-83, 300-01.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), no. 833 [part 2].

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 187.


Part  2   ff. 106-160v
Leonardus Brunus Aretinus De bello italico adversus Gotos
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Decorated initial

f. 106
Decorated initial

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