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Detailed record for Harley 5289

Title Missal, for monastic use, including a calendar (ff. 2-7v)
Origin England, N. (Durham)
Date last quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials many with partial borders in colours, silver, and gold (ff. 9, 26v, 36v, 61v, 188v, 209v, 216, 228, 231v, 282-290, 304, 328, 350, 358, 369, 374, 382v, 389, 411v, 414v, 416v, 422, 460v, 479, 481). Large initials in gold, blue, white and red. Small initials in gold, from ff. 282-286 with penwork decoration in blue. Large initials in blue, with penwork decoration and pen-flourishing in red and sometimes also blue or green (f. 382v, possibly added later). Paraphs in blue. Highlighting of initials in yellow. Text in gold (ff. 2-7v). Initials in red with blue penwork decoration (ff. 280-281v). Line-filler in gold and colours (f. 282).
Dimensions in mm 265 x 160 (295 x 120) in twol columns
Official foliation ff. 498 ( + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The Benedictine cathedral priory of St Cuthbert, Durham: inscriptions that this manuscript was acquired for Durham cathedral through Prior John Fossor (1341-1374), and that it was kept at the altar of Sts. John the Baptist and Margaret in the Chapel of the Nine Altars (f. 1v); the deposition of Cuthbert in gold in the calendar (f. 3).
Added text with initials in red (f. 495-496).
Thomas Tempest (d. 1743), 4th baronet, county Durham: inscribed 'Sr Thomas Tempest Baronet' (f. [iii]).
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 'This MS was given me By my Lord Withnington in 1731. Oxford R H' (f. 1). 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; t
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 about the binding signed by A. Gifford July 10, 1777 (f. 1).
Notes Musical notation (ff. 274-276; 285v-286 )
Addition of text on a small piece of parchment between after f. 283.
ff. 1-2 are parchment leaves.
ff. 497-498 are paper flyleaves with pasted fragments of text in Gothic cursive script.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5289.

English Benedictine Kalendars after A. D. 1100, ed. by Francis Wormald, 2 vols, Henry Bradshaw Society, 77, 81 (London: Harrison and Sons, 1934-1939), I, 163.

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. 73.

The Benedictines in Britain, British Library Series, 3 (London: British Library, 1980), no. 43 [exhibition catalogue].

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, Supplement to the Second Edition, ed. by Andrew G. Watson, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 15 (London: The Royal Historical Society, 1987), p. 31.

The Leofric Missal I, ed. by Nicholas Orchard, Henry Bradshaw Society, 113 (London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 2002), p. 41.


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February

f. 2v
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March

f. 3
March
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f. 9
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f. 216v
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Decorated initials

f. 269v
Decorated initials
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f. 282
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Illuminated initials

f. 285v
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ff. 285v-286
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f. 290
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f. 358
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f. 382v
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