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Detailed record for Harley 2674

Author Priscian
Title Institutiones grammaticae, Books 1-18
Origin France, N. (Reims)
Date 3rd quarter of the 9th century and 10th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Scribe Two scribes
Decoration Titles and initials in display capitals in red (or oxidized red) (ff. 22v, 29, 61v-63v, 75v, 82, 117, 143, 167v, 168v, 187v). Titles and initials in brown in display capitals in ink. Added pen drawings of a knight in armour on horseback (f. 1) and of Christ with out-stretched arms (f. 188v).
Dimensions in mm 295 x 220 (230 x 155/160)
Official foliation ff. 188 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end).
Collation Gathering mostly of 8.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1966. Covers of the previous 'Harleian' binding of gilt-tooled brown morocco pasted inside modern boards.
Provenance Written by two scribes, respectively datable to the 3rd quarter of the 9th century (ff. 17-188v), and the 10th century (ff. 1-16v).
Added pen drawings possibly datable to the 2nd half of the 12th century.
The Hospital of St Nicholas, Cues, on the Moselle: inscribed 'Liber hospitalis sancti Nicolai prope cusam' (f. 1; see Wright 1972; Hallauer 1986).
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie: sold to Edward Harley between August 1717 and early 1718, together with other manuscripts formerly in the hospital library (see Wright 1972; Hallauer 1986).
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 With additional text (ff. 187-188v) and glosses in Tironian notes (see Ganz 1990 and 2001).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2674.

[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, p. 77.

Remigio Sabbadini, ‘Niccolò da Cusa e i conciliari di Basilea alla scoperta dei codici’, Rendiconti della Reale Accademia dei Lincei, 20 (1911), 3-40 (pp. 39-40, n. 2).

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingishen Miniaturen', in Zweiter Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 52-77 (p. 56).

Paul Lehmann, Mitteilungen aus Handschriften, 2, Sitzungsberichte der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-historische Abteilung, 2 (Munich: Verlag der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften,1930), pp. 3-55 (p. 22).

Berthold L. Ullman, 'Manuscripts of Nicholas of Cues', Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval Studies, 13 (1938), 194-97 (p. 196); reprinted in Studies in the Italian Renaissance, Storia e letteratura, 51 (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e letteratura, 1955), pp. 357-63 (p. 362).

Herbert Thoma, ‘Altdeutsches aus Londer Hss’, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur, 73 (1951), 197-271 (pp. 254-55).

'Kritisches Verzeichnis der Londoner Handschriften aus dem Besitz des Nikolaus von Kues', Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellschaft, 3 (1963), 16-100 (pp. 54-57).

Margaret Gibson, ‘Priscian, "Institutiones grammaticae": A Handlist of Manuscripts’, Scriptorium: Revue internationale des Études relative aux manuscrits, 26 (1972), 105-24 (p. 114).

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. 121, 254, 414.

Marina Passalacqua, I codici di Prisciano, Sussidi eruditi, 29 (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1978), p. 143.

Hermann J. Hallauer, 'Habent sua fata libelli: Von der Mosel zur Themse: Handschriften des St. Nikolaus-Hospitals in der Bibliotheca Harleiana', Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellshaft, 17 (1986), 21-56 (pp. 29, 42).

Sigrid Krämer and Michael Bernhard, Handscriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, ed. by Bernard Bischoff, Supplement 1, 3 vols (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), I: Aachen-Kochel, p. 159.

David Ganz, 'On the History of Tironian Notes', in Tironische Noten, ed. by Peter Ganz, Wolfenbütteler Mittelalter Studien, 1 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1990), pp. 35-51 (p. 50).

David Ganz, 'Carolingian Manuscripts with Substantial Glosses in Tironian Notes', in Mittelalterliche volkssprachige Glossen: internationale Fachkonferenz des Zentrums für Mittelalterstudien der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg 2. bis 4. August 1999, ed. by Rolf Bergmann, Elvira Glaser and Claudine Moulin-Fankhänel, Germanistische Bibliothek, 13 (Hidelberg: C. Winter, 2001), pp. 101-07 (p. 105).

Rolf Bergmann and Stefanie Stricker, Katalog der althochdeutschen und altsächsischen Glossenhandschriften, 6 vols (Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2005), II, pp. 878-79 no. 412 [with further bibliography].


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