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Detailed record for Harley 2967

Title Noted Breviary of Anthony of Burgundy
Origin Netherlands, S. (Mons)
Date c. 1475
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Workshop of Jacques Pilavaine? (see McKendrick 2003).
Decoration 2 large miniatures with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 214v, 218). 7 small column-wide miniatures with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 18v, 84v, 200v, 208, 210, 222v, 249). 1 large historiated initial with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (f. 198v). Large and small decorated foliate initials (2-4 lines) with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold. Small initials (1 line) in gold on red and blue grounds. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 145 (125 x 80) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 282 ( + 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf after f. 1 and 3 after f. 281; + 2 original leaves after f. 9; + 5 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1968.
Provenance A Franciscan convent, Mons: the dedication of church of the Franciscans of Mons included in the calendar (12 September).
Anthony (b. 1421, d. 1504), bastard of Burgundy: his heraldic arms, emblem of a barbacane, and motto 'Nul ne ni frotte' in the borders and initials throughout.
Inscription, late 15th century (f. 282).
George Suttie, foreign agent of Nathaniel Noel (fl. c. 1681 - c. 1753), bookseller; bought 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, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley '21 June 1715' (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; 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 Leaves excised after ff. 9 (off-set from heraldic device on preceding unfoliated flyleaf), 132, 147, 151, 158, 184, 191 (off-set from heraldic device on preceding leaf), 220.
ff. 1 and 282 are medieval parchment flyleaves.
Instructions to the rubricator in the lower margins for the calendar. Medieval quire signatures in the lower right corners.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 2967.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), no. 2967.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 18.

Anne Van Buren-Hagiopan, 'Jean Wauquelin de Mons et la production du livre aux Pays-Bas', Publications du Centre européen d'etudes burgondo-médianes, 23 (1983), 53-74 (p. 59 n. 28).

Christiane Van Den Bergen-Pantens, 'Héraldique et bibliophilie: Le cas d'Antoine, Grand Bâtard de Bourgogne (1421-1504)', in Miscellanea Martin Wittek: album de codicologie et de pale´ographie offert a` Martin Wittek, ed. by Anny Raman and Eugène Manning (Leuven: Peeters, 1993), 323-53 (pp. 347-8) [with additional bibliography].

Dominique Deneffe, ‘Analysing Border Decorations: The Case of the Histoires Martiniennes, Brussels, Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, MS. 9069’, , in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 475-504 (p. 476).

Anke Esch, ‘La production de livres de Jacquemart Pilavaine à Mons: nouvelles perspectives’ in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 641-68 (p. 652, 660, 663).

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pl. 29.


Images
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Illuminated initials

f. 8v
Illuminated initials
Adoration

f. 18v
Adoration
Entry into Jerusalem

f. 84v
Entry into Jerusalem
 
Illuminated initials

f. 165v
Illuminated initials
Illuminated initials

f. 166
Illuminated initials
Illuminated initials

f. 170
Illuminated initials
 
Illuminated initials

f. 193
Illuminated initials
Monk

f. 198v
Monk
Anthony

f. 200v
Anthony
 
Clare

f. 208
Clare
Bishop

f. 210
Bishop
Francis

f. 214v
Francis
 
Francis

f. 214v
Francis
Francis

f. 218
Francis
Elizabeth

f. 222v
Elizabeth
 
Jacob's Ladder

f. 249
Jacob's Ladder

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