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Detailed record for Harley 773

Title Various legal tracts
Origin England
Date 16th century
Language English, French, and Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 2 large calligraphic initials in brown ink (ff. 39, 50). 3 smaller calligraphic initials in brown ink (ff. 43v, 47, 59).
Dimensions in mm 290 x 215 (210 x 155)
Official foliation ff. iii + 78 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment and paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Edward Stillingfleet (b. 1635, d. 1699), bishop of Worcester and theologian (see Wright 1972).
Edward Stillingfleet (b. 1661, d. 1708), physician and Church of England clergyman, son of the former; in 1707 acquired by Robert Harley (see Wright 1972).
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 Brown leather covers of a previous binding are pasted inside the present ones.
Composite manuscript of disperate legal texts bound together.
For a full description of the contents, see the Harley Catalogue.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), I (1808), no. 773.

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. 316.


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