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Detailed record for Harley 3097

Author Jerome and others
Title Theological miscellany (contents listed in Notes)
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 11th century or first quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin, with some Greek words (f. 43v)
Script Caroline minuscule
Scribe Written by more than one scribe
Decoration Large initial in red with penwork decoration in green (f. 85). Large initials in red, blue, or green, some with simple penwork decoration and sometimes highlighted in yellow. Rubrics in red or green.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 165 (230 x 115/130)
Official foliation ff. 128 ( + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling.
Provenance ? The Benedectine abbey of Saints Peter, Paul and Andrew, Peterborough, Northamptonshire: listed in its catalogue (see Ker 1964).
f. 1 is a parchment leaf with a 12th-century ? list of contents.
Charles Howard, the Earl of Carlisle, in the 18th century: his number 628.
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, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley '20 die Julii, 1720' (f. [ii]).
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 Contents: Jerome, In Danielem;
Othlo, Vita S. Nicholai;
Folcard, Vita S. Botulfi, Vitae Tancredi, Torhtredi and Tovae;
Translatio sanctorum;
Felix, Vita S. Guthlaci (incomplete);
Ambrose, De obseruantia episcoporum, De misteriis, De sacramentis and De utilitate;
John Diaconus, Vita S. Nicholai (prologue);
Translatio S. Nicholai (1087 to Bari);
John Diaconus, Vita S. Nicholai;
Miracula S. Nicholai
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 3097.

Felix's Life of Saint Guthlac, ed. by Bertram Colgrave (Cambridge: University Press, 1956), pp. 30-1 as 'H'.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 151.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 434.5.

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