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Detailed record for Harley 1864

Title Armorial of members of the Order of the Garter
Origin England, ?S. E. (?London)
Date 1588
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Scribe Peter Bale (see Catalogue 1808)
Artists Sir William Dethick
Decoration 26 full-page drawings of coats of arms in colours and gold with crest and garter (including Henry V (f. 2), emperor Sigismund (f. 3), John, king of Portugal (f. 3v), John, king of Denmark (f. 4), Philip, duke of Burgundy (f. 4v), etc.)). Capitals in gold.
Dimensions in mm 165 x 170 (n. a.)
Official foliation ff. 15 (+ 9 unfoliated paper flyleaves, 1 parchment flyleaf, 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning + 2 unfoliated paper leaves, 1 parchment leaf, and 10 paper leaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red velvet; gilt edges.
Provenance Sir William Dethick (b. 1543, d. 1612), herald and antiquary, Garter king of arms 1586-1606: presented as a New Year's gift to Elizabeth I on 1 January 1588 (see Lansdowne Roll 17 (New Year's Gift Roll, Catalogue 1808, and Wright 1972).
Elizabeth I (b. 1533, d. 1603), queen of England 1558-1603: presented by Sir William Dethick in 1588 (see above; f. 1).
William Laud (b. 1573, d. 1645), bishop of Bath and Wells 1626-1628, archbishop of Canterbury 1633: inscribed 'W. Bath Wells', c. 1626-1628 (f. 2).
Hancocke (see Wright 1972).
Henry Worsley (b. 1675, d. 1741), scholar and manuscript collector, envoy at the Court of Portugal (1714-21) and governor of Barbados (1721-31): donated by him to Robert Harley together with other manuscripts from Worsley's collection (now Harley 1586-1747, 1811, 1812) before December 1712 (see Wright 1972).
Inscribed 'Mr Smith left hand middle' upside down in the lower left corner, 18th century (f. [18]v; probably an instruction to the binder).
Humfrey Wanley (b. 1672, d. 1726), Old English scholar, palaeographer, and librarian of Robert and Edward Harley, earls of Oxford (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 Beginning with a dedication to Elizabeth I (r. 1558-1603) (f. 1v).
Interleaved with paper throughout.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 1864.

George Gatfield, Guide to Printed Books and Manuscripts Relating to English and Foreign Heraldry and Genealogy (London: Mitchell and Hughes, 1892), p. 254.

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. 130, 143, 178, 216, 341-44, 361.

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