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Detailed record for Harley 1772

Title The Pauline and Catholic Epistles (except III John and Jude), and Revelation, imperfect
Origin France, N. (Reims)
Date 2nd half of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration 1 full-page miniature in ink and colours (f. 71v). Large initial in brown and colours, with interlace and geometric patterns and often animal head decoration or animals. Initials in brown with penwork decoration, some also with green and red. Large letters in brown, on red or yellow backgrounds. Text in red, sometimes with a yellow wash.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 180 (235 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 146 ( + 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown diced leather.
Provenance Inscribed in runes 'Ego Iusueus Hac/si indignus diacon[us]/ [h]anc librum quem / ad opus peculiare/ uolo off[erre] s[an]c[t]o' (f. 6v) according to a transcription by Derolez 1954 p. 405.
Corrections, glosses and notes added in the 10th and early 11th centuries (ff. 64, 71, 112v)
? Bibliotheque royale, Paris: apparently taken by Aymon in 1707: see Léopold Delisle, Le Cabinet des Manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Impériale [Nationale]: Étude sur la formation de ce dépôt 3 vols. (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1868-1881), I, p. 331.
Jean Aymon, of the Hague: bought by Harley.
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 Written in Reims during the archbishopric of Hincmar (845-882) according to Bischoff.
List of contents in pen, pasted onto f. [iii].
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 1772.

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. 3.

[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. 38.

E. S. Buchanan, The Epistles and Apocalypse from the Codex Harleianus, Sacred Latin Texts, 1 (London, 1912),

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingishen Miniaturen', in Zweiter Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 52-77 (p. 56).

G. L. Micheli, L’enluminure du haut moyen age et les influences irlandaises (Brussels: Editions de la connaissance, 1939), p. 191.

R. Derolez, Runica Manuscripta: The English Tradition, Rijksuniversiteit te Gent Werken Uitgegeven door de Faculteit van de Wijsbegeerte en Letteren, 118 (Brugges: De Tempel, 1954), p. 266, 271, 403-6, figs. 51-2.

Katharina and Volker Bierbrauer, ‘Reims vor Ebo - Zu einer Handschrift in London, British Library Harly 1772’, in Studien zur mittelalterlichen Kunst 800-1250: Festschrift für Florentine Mütherich zum 70. Geburtstag, ed. by Katharina Bierbrauer, Peter K. Klein, and Willibald Sauerländer (Munich: Prestel, 1985), 29-48.

Bonifatius Fischer, Lateinische Bibelhandschriften im frühen Mittelalter, Vetus Latina, 11 (Freiburg: Herder, 1985), pp. 92, 158-160.

Bernhard Bischoff, 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), p. 28.

Die Karolingischen Miniaturen, ed. by Wilhelm Koehler and Florentine Mütherich, 6 vols (Berlin: Deutscher Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 1930-99), 6 Die Schule von Reims, 2 vols (1994-99), I Von den anfängen bis zur mitte des 9. Jahrhunderts, esp. pp. 58-61. [with additional bibligraphy].

Florentine Mutherich, 'Carolingian Manuscript Illumination at Rheims', in The Utrecht Psalter in Medieval Art: Picturing the Psalms of David, ed. by Koert van der Horst, William Noel, and Wilhelmina C M. Wüstefeld (Utrecht: HES Publishers, 1996), pp. 105-119 (p. 108, fig. 4).

Bernhard Bischoff, Katalog der festlandischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen) (Stuttgart, 2004), II,Laon-Paderborn, p. 112 no. 2442.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 45, fig. 32.

Marie-Pierre Laffitte and Charlotte Denoël, Trésors carolingiens: Livres manuscrits de Charlemagne à Charles le Chauve (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2007), p. 167.


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