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Detailed record for Harley 2797

Title Gospels, with capitula (ff. 163-175)
Origin France, N. or Paris (diocese of Reims?)
Date 3rd quarter of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Full-page canon tables in gold and red, within frames of gold and/or silver and colours (ff. 1-6v). Very large initials in colours and gold with interlace patterns within full-page rectangular frames of gold and red or colours at the beginning of Gospels, that for John on a purple background (ff. 15, 57, 86, 132). Initials and text entirely in gold. Numbers in red.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 200 (190 x 135)
Official foliation ff. 175 ( + 2 unfoliated parchment leaves at the beginning and at the end, the three endpapers affixed to marbled paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling with a tulip in each corner.
Provenance The abbey of Sainte Genevieve, Paris: inscription in a 17th-century hand 'Ex libris S. Genovefae Parisiensis' (f. 1).
James Woodman, bookseller of London; purchased by Harley in 1725 (see Humphrey Wanley's diary, Lansdowne 772, f. 51v).
Inscription 'A (?)/S' (f. 1).
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. 2797.

[E. Maunde Thompson and G. F. Warner], Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1881-1884), Part II Latin, pp. 28-29.

Wilhelm Köehler, 'Die Karolingishen Miniaturen', in Zweiter Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 52-77 (p. 57).

H. H. Glunz, History of the Vulgate in England from Alcuin to Roger Bacon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1933), no. 13.

Eric Millar, Souvenir de l’Exposition de Manuscrits Français a Peintures organisée a la Grenville Library (British Museum) in Janvier-Mars 1932 (Paris: Société Française de Reproductions de Manuscrits a Peintures, 1933), no. 7.

Theodor Klauser, Das ro¨mische capitulare evangeliorum: Texte und Untersuchungen zu seiner a¨ltesten Geschichte, Liturgiegeschichtliche Quellen und Forschungen. 28 (Munster: Aschendorffschen, 1935), p. L no. 168*.

G. L. Micheli, L’enluminure du haut moyen age et les influences irlandaises (Brussels: Editions de la connaissance, 1939), pp. 118-9.

Bonifatius Fischer, Die Lateinischen Evangelien bis zum 10. Jahrhundert, 4 vols (Freiburg: Herder, 1988-1991), I: Varianten zu Matthäus, Vetus Latina die Reste der Altlateinischen Bible: Aus der Geschichte der Lateinischen Bibel, 13, p. 29*.

Rosamond McKitterick, ‘Carolingian Bible Production: The Tours Anomaly’, in The Early Medieval Bible: Its Production, Decoration and Use (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 63-77 (p. 64).

Michelle P. Brown and Patricia Lovett, The Historical Source Book for Scribes (London: British Library, 1999), pl. on p. 70.

Die Karolingischen Miniaturen, ed. by Wilhelm Koehler and Florentine Mütherich, 6 vols (Berlin: Deutscher Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 1930-99), 6 Die Schule von Reims, 2 vols (1994-99), II Von der Mitte bis zum Ende des 9. Jahrhunderts, pp. 42-5, esp. 66-71 [with additional bibligraphy].

Susanne Rischpler, Biblia Sacra figuris expressa: Mnemotechnische Bilderbibeln des 15. Jahrhunderts, Wissensliteratur im Mittelalter, 36, ed. by Horst Brunner and others (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2001), pp. 200-1.

Bernhard Bischoff, Katalog der festlandischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen) (Stuttgart, 2004), II,Laon-Paderborn, no 2460, p. 117.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 43, fig. 30.

Sacred: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p.108 [exhibition catalogue].

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Illuminated initial

f. 86
Illuminated initial

f. 92

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