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Detailed record for Harley 2962

Title Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date c. 1430 - c. 1450
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists In the style of the Master of the Gold Scrolls.
Decoration 18 small miniatures with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the Gospel's lessons, prayers, and suffrages (ff. 26v, 27v, 28v, 29v, 30, 32v, 34v, 35v, 36, 36v, 37v, 38, 38v, 39, 39v, 40, 40v, 41). 14 large decorated initials and full foliate borders, in colours and gold, for major and minor text divisions (ff. 14, 19, 23, 42, 54, 61, 64, 67, 70, 73, 78, 82, 89, 104). All text pages with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold. Large and small initials in gold on red and blue grounds. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 150 (120 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 132 (+ 2 unfoliated medieval parchment leaves after f. 1 and 3 before f. 132; + 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Diced brown calf; gilt edges.
Provenance Inscription, 16th(?) century (f. 132).
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 '25 di. Mensis Ferbruarij, A.D. 1724/5.' (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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 2962.

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. 16.


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Mark

f. 29v
Mark
Anthony

f. 37v
Anthony
Catherine

f. 38v
Catherine
 


f. 40v
Abbess

f. 41
Abbess

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