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Detailed record for Harley 7398B

Title Breviary, use of Sarum, with a calendar (ff. 145-150v)
Origin England, S. E. (London?)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 17 full bar borders and initials in colours and gold with foliate and spray decoration extending into the margins (ff. 151, 159v, 164v, 169, 174, 180v, 186v, 192v, 214, 233, 250v, 262v, 276v, 287, 306v, 316v, 337v), including 5 historiated initials of David playing the harp, the crucifixion of Andrew, the Assumption of the Virgin, the Nativity of the Virgin, and the Virgin and All Saints (ff. 151, 233, 306v, 316v, 337v). Initials in gold on red and blue grounds with white tracery and spray decoration old and green extending into the margins. Small initials and paraphs in blue or gold with penwork decoration extending into the margins in red, blue or purple. Rubrics in red. Line fillers in gold and blue. Cadel with grotesque features in ink and green (f. 282). Written instructions for the borders (f. 262v).
Dimensions in mm 190 x 135 (135 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 228 (foliation starting with 132; + 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. 19th century; marbled endleaves.
Provenance 15th-century additions to the calendar, including that of Osmundus (3 December) and his translation (16 August), and additional prayers (ff. 359r-v) by different hands.
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. In the Harleian collection the manuscripts was bound together with Harley 7398A.
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: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808), no. 7398B.

Christopher de Hamel, The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illumination: History and Techniques (London: British Library, 2001), pl. 52.


Images
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llluminated initials

ff. 133v-134
llluminated initials
David playing the harp

f. 151
David playing the harp
Historiated initial

f. 151
Historiated initial
 
Illuminated border and initials

f. 180v
Illuminated border and initials
Crucifixion of Andrew

f. 233
Crucifixion of Andrew
Decorated borders

f. 262v
Decorated borders
 
Historiated initial

f. 306v
Historiated initial
The Nativity of the Virgin

f. 316v
The Nativity of the Virgin
Illuminated and coloured initials

f. 317v
Illuminated and coloured initials
 
The Virgin and All Saints

f. 337v
The Virgin and All Saints

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