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Detailed record for Harley 5102

Part 1 ff. 1-139v 
Title Psalter, with canticles (ff. 136v-139v)
Origin England (E. Midlands?)
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin and French
Script Gothic, wrriten above top line
Decoration 1 full-page Beatus initial in colours and gold with masks, animals heads, and interlace, within a rectangular frame (f. 1). Historiated initials or very large decorated initials in colours and gold at the beginning of Psalms 26, 38, 51, 52, 68, 80, 97, 109 (ff. 23v, 37v, 49, 49v, 61, 77v, 90v, 104). Large initials in colours and gold at the beginning of the other Psalms, some also with animals or hybrids in the bowls of the letters, or zoomorphic in the form of fish, hybrids, or dragons. Small initials in red or blue. Line-fillers in red or blue. Rubrics in red or gold.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 220 (230 x 145)
 
Part 2  
Title Inserted miniatures
Date last quarter of the 12th century
Decoration 5 full-page miniatures in colours and gold, on inserted leaves, including the murder of Becket (ff. 17, 32, 68, 118, 129).
 
Official foliation ff. 139 ( + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown diced leather; green leather inner covers and endpapers.
Provenance Inscribed 'Ane Grenwell ? (f. 10v).
Inscribed ' . . . Flay' (on the initial, f. 87).
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 Includes one of the earliest surviving drawing of the martyrdom of Becket: see discussion Kauffmann 1975.
f. 51 is a replacement page, with text in a 14th-century hand.
Interlineal text in French (ff. 1-23), one of the 'Oxford Psalter' translations, according to Dean and Bolton 1999.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5102.

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. 7.

[J. A. Herbert], Illuminataed Manuscripts and Bindings of Manuscripts Exhibited in The Grenville Library, Guide to the Exhibited Manuscripts, 3 (Oxford: British Museum, 1923), no. 20.

Eric. G. Millar, English Illuminated Manuscripts from the Xth to the XIIIth Century (Paris: Van Oest, 1926), p. 118.

[Eric G. Millar], British Museum Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 4 (London: British Museum, 1928), pl. 15.

Guide to an Exhibition of English Art gathered from Various Departments and held in the Prints and Drawings Gallery (London: British Museum, 1934.), no. 105.

T. S. R. Boase, English Art 1100-1216, Oxford History of English Art, 2 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), pp. 204, 288-89.

C. M. Kauffmann, Romanesque Manuscripts 1066-1190 Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 3 (London: Harvey Miller, 1975), p. 116.

Nigel Morgan, Early Gothic Manuscripts, 2 vols, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 4 (London Harvey Miller, 1982-1988), I: 1190-1250, no. 40.

François Avril and Patricia Danz Stirnemann, Manuscrits enluminés d’origine insulaire VIIe-XXe siècle (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1987), p. 52.

Mise en page et mise en texte du livre manuscrit, ed. by Henri-Jean Martin and Jean Vezin ([n.pl.]: Cercle de la Librairie-Promodis, 1990), p. 320.

Ruth J. Dean and Maureen B. M. Boulton, Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts, Anglo-Norman Text Society, Occasional Publication Series, 3 (London, 1999), no. 445.

Nigel Morgan, ‘The Decorative Ornament of the Text and Page in Thirteenth Century England: Initials, Border Extensions, and Line Fillers’, in Decoration and Illustration in Medieval English Manuscripts, ed. by A. S. G. Edwards, English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 10 (London: British Library, 2002), pp. 1-33 (pp. 2, 13, pls 3, 13).

C. M. Kauffmann, Biblical Imagery in Medieval England 700-1500 (London: Harvey Miller, 2003), p. 135.

Paul Binski, Becket’s Crown: Art and Imagination in Gothic England 1170-1300 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004), pl. 6.

Greg Buzwell, Saints in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2005), p. 48.

Jeffrey Weaver and Madeline Harrison Caviness, The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2013), p. 18, fig. 7.

Jeffrey F. Hamburger and Nigel F. Palmer, The Prayer Book of Ursula Begerin, 2 vols (Dietikon-Zurich: Urs Graf Verlag, 2015), I, p. 170, fig. 188.


Images

Part  1   ff. 1-139v
Psalter, with canticles (ff. 136v-139v)
* * *
 
Beatus initial

f. 1
Beatus initial
Beatus initial

f. 1
Beatus initial
Illuminated initial

f. 2v
Illuminated initial
 
Hybrid

f. 6
Hybrid
Donkey

f. 13v
Donkey
Historiated initial

f. 23v
Historiated initial
 
Illuminated initial

f. 37v
Illuminated initial


f. 37v
King

f. 49
King
 
King

f. 49v
King
Ram blowing a horn

f. 50
Ram blowing a horn
Goat playing a rebec

f. 59
Goat playing a rebec
 
Christ blessing

f. 61
Christ blessing
Musicians

f. 77v
Musicians
Illuminated initial

f. 90v
Illuminated initial
 
Trinity

f. 104
Trinity

Part  2  
Inserted miniatures
* * *
 
Burial

f. 17
Burial
Thomas Becket

f. 32
Thomas Becket
Abraham and Isaac

f. 68
Abraham and Isaac
 
Four men

f. 118
Four men
Peter and Christ

f. 129
Peter and Christ
Peter and Christ

f. 129
Peter and Christ
 
Apostles and Christ

f. 129
Apostles and Christ
Peter and Christ

f. 129
Peter and Christ

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