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Detailed record for Harley 7357

Author Radulphus Brito
Title Quaestiones super Isagogen Porphyrii (ff. 1-41); Quaestiones super Praedicamenta Aristotelis (ff. 41v-73v); Quaestiones super Peri hermeneias Aristotelis (ff. 73v-94v)
Origin Italy, ?N.
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initials in colours and gold (f. 1). Initials in red with purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 220 (155 x 130), in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 95 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1977.
Provenance Inscribed 'Ad usum Gasparis caliacotij et amicorum' (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, inscribed, possibly by Edward, 'Janu. 1728/9' (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 Leaf signatures. Catchwords written horizontally.
Watermark caught in the gutter (a crown?).
f. 95 is a flyleaf with later inscriptions.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 7357.


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