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Detailed record for Harley 947

Title Various legal texts including Magna Carta, Statutes of England , etc. (imperfect)
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin and French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 2 large historiated initials in colours and gold with partial bar borders with ivy, of a lawyer speaking to an assembly, and the Virgin and Child (ff. 107, 170). Initial in colours and gold (f. 31v). Large puzzle initial in red and blue with reserved designs and pen-flourishing in the same colours (f. 277). Numerous large initials in red with purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing with foliate motifs (animal head on f. 230v). Paragraph marks in alternating red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 120 x 95 (100 x 60)
Official foliation ff. 309 + 86* + 106* (+ 3 unfoliated paper leaves at the beginning + 8 unfoliated blank parchment leaves after f. 86, 2 after f. 106, 1 after ff. 106*, 169, 306 (verso has added inscription) + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1968.
Provenance Leonard ?Coleridge, 14th century: inscribed 'Leonardus ?Coleridge' (f. 86*v).
'?Aunerduin ?Eecbewith', ?14th century: inscribed 'Iste liber pertinet ad me ?Aunerduin ?Eecbewith' (f. 308v).
Inscribed, 14th century, 'Maud gerald' (f. 308v).
Added inscriptions and text, 14th century (ff. 86*v, 304v-305).
Added texts, one signed 'w.p.' (f. 306), ?15th century (ff. 305v-306, 307v, 308).
Inscribed, ?17th century, with another name, undeciphered (f. 308v).
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 Missing the beginning of the Magna Carta.
For a more detailed list of contents, see Catalogue 1808.
ff. 86a recto and 106a recto are ruled. f. 86* is after f. [86h] and is blank except for added inscriptions on the verso.
f. 106* is after f. [106b].
f. 309 is a former pastedown.
ff. 306v-307 and [307a] r-v are blank.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), I (1808), no. 947.

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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Illuminated initial

f. 31v
Illuminated initial
Lawyer speaking to an assembly

f. 107
Lawyer speaking to an assembly
Lawyer speaking to an assembly

f. 107
Lawyer speaking to an assembly
 
Virgin and Child

f. 170
Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child

f. 170
Virgin and Child

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