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Detailed record for Harley 4389

Title Roman de Tristan in prose (imperfect)
Origin Italy, N. W. (Genoa)
Date Last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration 40 coloured pen drawings (ff. 2v, 5, 6v, 7, 8v, 10v, 12v, 13v, 14v, 15, 15v (x2), 17, 18, 18v, 19, 19v, 20v, 23v, 26, 29, 30, 32v, 34, 35v, 38, 39v, 40, 42v, 43, 45v, 47, 48v, 49v, 51v, 55, 57, 59v, 60v). Large initial in colours with geometrical designs (f. 2). 5 large puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in the same colours (ff. 35v, 46v, 51, 58v, 61v). Display initials with penwork decoration (f. 2). Coloured initials in alternating red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 205 (205 x 145), in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 62
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown polished leather binding.
Provenance Law papers in French relating to the Cassin family and others have been used for the flyleaves (ff. 1, 62) and for pasting inside the boards, one of them is dated 1639.
Nicolas Joseph Foucault (b. 1643, d. 1721), marquis de Magny, statesman and archaeologist: his book-plate with the legend 'EX BIBLIOTHECA | NICOLAI JOSEPH FOUCAULT | COMITIS CONSISTORIANI' with his arms [sable] a lion rampant, dexter, crowned [argent], as supporters two lions [argent]; a couronne de marquis surmounting the shield (inside the upper cover).
Thomas Ballard, bookseller and book auctioneer in London; his sale, 20 February 1720/21, lot 237, bought for Edward Harley through Nathaniel Noel.
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: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 4389.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Ilustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 9,

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I, H. L. D. Ward, , pp. 356-57.

Eirlert Löseth, Le Tristan et le Palamède des manuscrits français du British Museum. Etude critique, (Christiana: Jacob Dybwad, 1905), pp. 3, 5.

Roger Sherman Loomis and Laura Hibbard Loomis, Arthurian Legends in Medieval Art (London: Oxford University Press, 1938), p. 117, figs. 318-19.

Brian Woledge, Bibliographie des romans et nouvelles en prose franc¸aise ante´rieurs a` 1500 (Gene`ve: Lille, 1954), p. 123.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 91 n. 5.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 62, 155.

Le Roman de Tristan: en prose, ed. by Renée L. Curtis, 2 vols (Leiden: Brill, 1976), II, pp. 13, 27.

Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, 'Frühe angiovinische Buchkunst in Neapel. Die Illustrierung französischer Unterhaltungsprosa in neapolitanischen Scriptorien zwischen 1290 und 1320', in Festschrift Wolfgang Braunfels , ed. by Friedrich Piel and Jo¨rg Traeger (Tu¨bingen: Wasmuth, [1978]), p. 89 n. 8, fig. 10.

Allessandra Perriccioli Saggese, I romanzi cavallereschi miniati a Napoli (Napoli: Societa` editrice napoletana, 1979), p. 100, pl. 29.

Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450. Teil II: Venedig, Addenda su Süd- und Mittelitalien (Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1980), Cat. 672.

Manuscrits enluminés d'origine italienne à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France, ed. by François Avril, Yolanta Zaluska, et al. (Paris: Bibliothe`que nationale, 1980-), II (1984), p. 49.

Marie-Thérèse Gousset, 'Étude de la décoration filigranée et reconstitution des ateliers: le cas de Gênes à la fin du XIIIe siècle', Arte medievale, 1 (1988), 121-152, p. 130.

G. D'Aron, La grant queste del Saint Graal del ms. Udine, Bibl. Arcivescovile 177 (Tricesimo (Udine): Roberto Vattori Editore, 1990), pp. 33-34, figs. 7, 10, 18.

Fabrizio Cigni, 'Pour l'édition de la Compilation de Rustichello da Pisa: la version du ms. Paris, B.N., Fr. 1463', Neophilologus, 76 (1992), p. 522.

Jacqueline Thibault Schaefer, 'The Discourse of the Figural Narrative in the Illuminated Manuscripts of Tristan' in Word and Image in Arthurian Literature, ed. by Keith Busby (New York: Garland, 1996), pp. 174-202 (p. 175).

Pamela Porter, Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2000), p. 16.


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Coloured drawing

f. 5
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f. 6v
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f. 8v
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Coloured drawings

f. 15v
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f. 17
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f. 18v
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Coloured drawing

f. 19
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f. 19v
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f. 23v
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Knights jousting

f. 26
Knights jousting
Knights jousting

f. 26
Knights jousting
Coloured drawing

f. 34
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Coloured drawing

f. 38
Coloured drawing
Puzzle initial

f. 51
Puzzle initial
Coloured drawing

f. 51v
Coloured drawing
 
Coloured drawing

f. 59v
Coloured drawing
Coloured drawing

f. 60v
Coloured drawing

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