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Detailed record for Harley 2989

Title Book of Hours, Use of Lisieux
Origin France, N. W. (Rouen)
Date c. 1460 - c. 1470
Language Latin, with some French
Script Gothic
Artists In the style of the Master of the Echevinage de Rouen.
Decoration 20 large miniatures with large decorated initials and full foliate borders, including hybrid figures, animals, birds, etc., some with historiated medallions, in colours and gold (ff. 13, 16v, 20v, 27, 36v, 46v, 48, 49, 55, 59, 62v, 66, 73, 115v, 117, 121, 122v, 124, 125, 126); 2 miniatures excised after f. 71 (Compline) and f. 88 (Office of the Dead). All text pages with partial foliate borders, many including hybrid figures, animals, peacocks, etc., in colours and gold. Small decorated initials (2 lines) with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold. Small initials and line fillers in gold on red and blue grounds. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 145 (105 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 127 (+ 2 paper and 2 parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 3 parchment and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled brown leather stamped in gilt with the arms of Nicholas Joseph Foucault; marbled endpapers; red edges.
Provenance Nicholas Joseph Foucault (b. 1643, d. 1721), marquis de Magny, statesman and archaeologist: his arms (binding).
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 Dec. 1723' (1st flyleaf verso). 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. 2989.

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. 17.


Images
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Evangelists

f. 20v
Evangelists
David penitent

f. 73
David penitent
Apollonia

f. 124
Apollonia
 

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