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Detailed record for Harley 674

Title The Cloud of Unknowing, with marginal gloss
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language English and Latin gloss
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Genealogical tree in colours showing the descendants of Jacob. (f. 112). Large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Smaller plain initials in blue. Rubrics in red. Captials marked in red. Paraphs in red.
Dimensions in mm 215 x155 (150 x 110) some folios in two columns
Official foliation ff. 1* + 126 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 2 unfoliated blank, ruled leaves after f. 110 + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Probably a Carthusian association (see Roberts 2005).
Edward Stillingfleet (b. 1635, d. 1699), bishop of Worcester and theologian (see Wright 1972).
Edward Stillingfleet (b. 1661, d. 1708), physician and Church of England clergyman, son of the former; in 1707 acquired by Robert Harley (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 2 blank unfoliated leaves after f. 110.
Horizontal catchwords in simple penwork frames.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), I (1808), no. 674.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 316.

Jane Roberts, Guide to Scripts used in English Writings up to 1500 (London: British Library, 2005), p. 163, pl. 46.


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Decorated iniitals

f. 17v
Decorated iniitals
Decorated initials

f. 17v
Decorated initials
Genealogical tree

f. 112
Genealogical tree
 
Genealogical tree

f. 112
Genealogical tree

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