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Detailed record for Harley 2719

Author Nonius Marcellus
Title De compendiosa doctrina, with gloss
Origin France, Brittany or Loire
Date 3rd quarter of the 9th century
Language Latin and French
Script Caroline minuscule, in two columns
Scribe Written by three scribes
Decoration Title in display capitals of classical design in silver and ink, partly showing the red preparation ground for the silver (f. 1). Titles in rustic capitals in silver now mostly showing the red ground (ff. 54v-93). Initials in silver, mostly showing the red ground (ff. 54-93). Title in uncial capitals and initial in red (f. 94). Initials highlighted in yellow or red (ff. 94-165).
Dimensions in mm 250 x 215 (170 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 177 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and the end)
Collation Gatherings mostly of 8, with quire signature in Roman numerals in the lower margin of the last verso of each gathering, starting a new sequence from fol. 94.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house, 19th century.
Provenance Associated with Ricardus Franciscus, text writer: see Christianson 1989.
Marginal glosses by contemporary and later hands, including a number in Breton added in or near Brittany (see Reynolds 1983).
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: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2719.

John Henry Onions, Nonius Marcellus De compendiosa doctrina, Harleian ms. 2719, Anecdota oxoniensia ... Classical series, vol. I, pt. II (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1882).

[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. 73.

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

Deutsche Handschriften in England, ed. by Robert Priebsch, 2 vols in 1 vol. (Hildesheim: Olms, 1979; first publ. Erlangen: Junge, 1896-1901), II: Das British Museum mit einem anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek, no. 17.

Herbert Thoma, 'Altdeutsches aus Londoner Handschriften', Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur, 73 (1951), 197-271 (p. 230).

L. D. Reynolds, 'Nonius Marcellus', in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, ed. by L. D. Reynolds (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 248-52 (pp. 249-52).

Paolo Gatti, 'Note sulla tradizione medievale di Nonio Marcello (Libri I-III): Il MS. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 229', in Scire litteras: Forschungen zum mittelalterlichen Geistesleben, ed. by Sigrid Krämer und Michael Berhard (Munich: Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1988), pp. 183-85 (p. 184 n. 11).

Bernhard Bischoff, 'Palaeography and the Transmission of Classical Texts in the Early Middle Ages', in Manuscripts and Libraries in the Age of Charlemagne, trans. and ed. by Michael Gorman, Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology, 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994; most originally pub. in Mittelalterliche Studien: Ausgewählte Aufsätze zur Schriftkunde und Literaturgeschichte I-III (Stuttgart: Hieresmann, 1966-1981), pp. 115-33 (p. 128).

C. Paul Christianson, ‘Evidence for the Study of London’s Late Medieval Manuscript-Book Trade’, in Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475, ed by Jeremy Griffiths and Derek Pearsall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), 87-108 (p. 107 n. 43).

Bernhard Bischoff, Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen), aus dem Nachlaß herausgegeben von Birgit Ebersperger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für die Herausgabe der Mittelalterlichen Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, 2 vols (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1998, 2004), II: Laon-Paderborn, p. 114.

Rolf Bergmann and Stefanie Stricker, Katalog der althochdeutschen und altsächsischen Glossenhandschriften, 6 vols (Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2005), II, pp. 880-81 no. 414 [with further bibliography].


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