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Detailed record for Harley 3667

Title Portion of the annals of Peterborough Abbey
Origin England, N. (Peterborough)
Date 2nd quarter of the 12th century, after 1122
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Drawing in brown ink of standing figures (f. 4v). Large drawing of the personification of the winds in brown, red, and green (f. 5v). Full-page charts, maps, or diagrams in brown and red, a few also with yellow, green and/or purple washes. Large initials in green, red or purple, some with penwork decoration in another colour or colours). Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 315 x 205 (230 x 150)
Official foliation ff. 10 ( + 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 9 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance Together with Cotton Tiberius C I, ff.2-42, made at Peterborough Abbey: annals of the abbey (ff. 1-2v), possibly dating between 1122 in which archbishop Radulfus is listed in the margin of the chart in the original hand, with the death of Henry 1 in another hand (f. 1v).
Added note relating to the coronation of Henry II (f. 2).
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 From the same manuscript as Cotton Tiberius C I, ff. 2-42.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3667.

James, M.R. List of Manuscripts formerly in Peterborough Abbey Library (Supplement to the Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 5), (1926), pp.16, 34.

Neil R. Ker, 'Membra disiecta', British Museum Quarterly, 12 (1938), 133-5 (p. 132).

N. R. Ker, Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), no. 196.

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.

C. M. Kauffmann, Romanesque Manuscripts 1066-1190 Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 3 (London: Harvey Miller, 1975), no. 37.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), no. 559.

The Leofric Missal I, ed. by Nicholas Orchard, Henry Bradshaw Society, 113 (London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 2002), p. 189.


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Table

f. 1v
Table
Decorated initial

f. 3
Decorated initial
Life and Death

f. 4v
Life and Death
 
Winds

f. 5v
Winds
Diagram of the months

f. 6
Diagram of the months
Diagram of creation

f. 7v
Diagram of creation
 
Diagram

f. 8
Diagram
Map of the world

f. 8v
Map of the world
Diagram

f. 9v
Diagram
 
Diagram

f. 10
Diagram

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