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Detailed record for Harley 2826

Title Gospels, including canon tables (ff. 4-9v), with prologues and capitula
Origin France, N. (Reims ?)
Date 2nd quarter of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Canon tables with architectural frames in colours with birds or men holding weapons (ff. 4-9v). 4 full-page or very large initials in colours and gold, with interlace decoration (2 also with animal heads), and letters in gold, some with an outline in red, at the beginning of each Gospel (ff. 12, 48, 73, 111). Small initials in gold or red. Headings in red.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 175 (155 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 150 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' style binding of red leather with gold tooling, including a central lozenge.
Provenance A monastery at Eller, near Cochem, on the Mosel: added 10th-century list made by Hatto of the furnishings and books of Elere: 'Hatto indignus prespiter cum omni diligentia remamando inveni in thesauris eclesiae cenobii Elere: cruces aureas ii, etc . . ' (f. 150v); added 12th-century inscription 'In nomine domini nostri Iesu Christi et sanctissime virginis Marie et beati Hylarii et omnium sanctorum facta est hec ecclesia sancti Hylarii mater omnium ecclesiarum in hac provincia. Et reddebant decimam omnes pari modo summe ecclesie tam liberi quam servi. Et pertinent omnes capelle in circuitu isto. Accidit quod quidam Meizo sacerdos in capella Edegreh [Ediger, near Cochem] cantabat rogatu bonorum hominum quia ex nacione eorum fuit' (f. 11v); added 10th-century list made by Hatto of the furnishing and books of Eller: 'Hatto indignus prespiter cum omni diligentia remamando inveni in thesauris eclesiae cenobii Elere: cruces aureas ii' etc. (f. 150v).
Inscribed 'Meizo sacerdos Capella Aegreth; Sacredos Lambertus (f. 9v).
Added text in a medieval hand (f. 149v).
The fraternity of the Rosary of our Lady at Eller, near Cochem, on the Mosel, incorporated 1621: added 17th or 18th-century text in ink including a list of names (ff. 87-90v, outer margins).
? Nathaniel Noel, bookseller, as part of a consignment of books from Germany (see H. Wanley's diary, Lansdowne 771 ff. 15-16).
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 '23 die Februarii 1719/20' (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 Sometimes referred to as the Eller Gospels.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2826.

[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, pp. 32-33.

Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener, A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, 4th edn, ed. by Edward Miller, 2 vols (London: George Bell & Sons, 1894), II, 77.

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingishen Miniaturen', in Zweiter Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 52-77 (p. 57).

Theodor Klauser, Das ro¨mische capitulare evangeliorum: Texte und Untersuchungen zu seiner a¨ltesten Geschichte, Liturgiegeschichtliche Quellen und Forschungen. 28 (Munster: Aschendorffschen, 1935), p. LI no. 172*.

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

Die Karolingischen Miniaturen, ed. by Wilhelm Koehler and Florentine Mütherich, 6 vols (Berlin: Deutscher Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 1930-99), 3, ed. by Wilhelm Koehler, 2 parts, 3:1: Die Gruppe des Wiener Krönungs-Evangeliars (1960), p. 37.

André Boutemy, 'Un manuscrit rémois peu connu du British Museum: Les Évangiles D’Eller', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relatives aux manuscrits, 23 (1969), 1-12, pls 2-3.

Die Karolingischen Miniaturen, ed. by Wilhelm Koehler and Florentine Mütherich, 6 vols (Berlin: Deutscher Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 1930-99), 4, 2 parts, 4.1: Die Hofschule Kaiser Lothars (1971), pp. 25, 27.

Bonifatius Fischer, Die Lateinischen Evangelien bis zum 10. Jahrhundert, 4 vols (Freiburg: Herder, 1988-1991), I: Varianten zu Matthäus, Vetus Latina die Reste der Altlateinischen Bible: Aus der Geschichte der Lateinischen Bibel, 13, p. 29*.

Patrick McGurk, ‘The Disposition of Numbers in Latin Eusebian Canon Tables’, in Philologia Sacra: Biblische und patristische Studien für Hermann J. Frede und Walter Thele zu ihrem siebzigsten Geburtstag, ed. by Roger Gryson (Freiburg: Herder, 1993), pp. 242-58 (pp, 252, 253 n. 30).

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. 143-9 [with additional bibligraphy].

Bernhard Bischoff, Katalog der festlandischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen) (Stuttgart, 2004), II,Laon-Paderborn, no. 2463, p. 118.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2007), p. 41, fig. 28.


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Canon table

f. 4v
Canon table
Canon table

f. 5
Canon table
Interlace initials

f. 48
Interlace initials
 
Illuminated initial

f. 73
Illuminated initial
Interlace initials

f. 111
Interlace initials

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