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Detailed record for Harley 5256

Author Loys Papon
Title Discours à Lesdiguières, with dedication (ff. 3-4)
Origin France
Date 1597
Language French
Script Humanistic cursive
Scribe Loys Papon
Artists Loys Papon
Decoration Lesdiguières arms with crest in colours (f. 1v). Title page in colours and gold with full frame in foliate design with two medallions historiated with a knight in classical armour with trophies and a classical bust in profile in colours and gold (f. 2). 2 portraits in colours and gold of the dedicatee (f. 2v) and ? Henri IV, king of France (f. 4v). Full frames in foliate design in colours and gold with historiated medallions including ? Victory standing on a dolphin (f. 5), soldiers, knights, dignitaries and courtisans in western or oriental attire at foot or on horseback, a horse-drawn litter carrying masked figures (f. 9), a lady in mask on horseback (f. 12), hunting scenes, musicians (f. 16v), jousting (ff. 17v-18), farming (ff. 19, 20v), a horse-drawn carriage carrying a masked figure (f. 22) and a shepherd tending his flock under a tree (f. 22v). A medallion historiated with a classical knight on horseback sketched in ink (f. 23).
Dimensions in mm 195 x 125 (85 x 45)
Official foliation ff. 23 (+ one unfoliated early modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and one original parchment at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Original covers of purple silk velvet; spine restored.
Provenance Written in 1597 by Loys Papon (b. 1539, d. 1599), chanoine de Notre-Dame d'Espérance at Montbrison, and dedicated to François de Lesdiguières: his inscription 'À Monbrison par L. P. 1597' (f. 2; see Wright 1972).
François de Bonne, duc de Lesdiguières (b. 1543, d. 1626), governor of Dauphiné 1591, marshal of France 1607, and the last to hold the office of constable of France 1622: his arms and portrait (ff. 1v, 2v; see Wright 1972).
Jean Jacques Laugier, 'de la ville daix' (? Aix en Provence): his inscriptions, the first dated 1716 (f. 23v, lower flyleaf and pastedown; 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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II (1808) , no. 5256.

Sylvia L. England, 'An Unrecognized Document in the History of French Renaissance Staging', The Library, series 4, 16 (1935), 232-235.

Sylvia L. England and Pierre Séchaud, Discours a Lesdiguières par Loys Papon, Forézien (1597) (Montbrison: Au Siège de la Diana, 1936; an extract from the Bulletin de la Diana, 25, 1935).

Cyril E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 76, 217, 455.


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Victory

f. 5
Victory
Horse-drawn litter

f. 9
Horse-drawn litter
Carriage with masked figure

f. 22
Carriage with masked figure
 

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