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Detailed record for Harley 3000

Part 1 ff. 2-271 
Title Book of Hours, Use of Sarum, and Psalter
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date c. 1460 - c. 1470
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to the Mildmay Master (see Backhouse 2004).
Decoration 12 calendar miniatures in 2 compartments, in colours and gold (ff. 2-13v). 8 full-page miniatures facing 8 half-page miniatures with large decorated initials, in colours and gold, for the Hours of the Virgin (ff. 44v-45, 50v-51, 60v-61, 64v-65, 67v-68, 70v-71, 73v-74, 76v-77). 22 full-page miniatures facing large decorated initials, with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 14v, 20v, 22v, 24v, 26v, 28v, 30v, 32v, 34v, 36v, 38v, 40v, 42v, 44v, 82v, 89v, 92v, 99v, 111v, 128v, 138v, 143v). 8 half-page miniatures with full foliate borders, in colours and gold, for Psalm divisions (ff. 152, 168v, 179, 189, 199, 212, 223v, 236); 1 full-page miniature perhaps excised after f. 151. 17 large historiated initials, in colours and gold, for suffrages and prayers (ff. 55v, 56v, 57 (x2), 57v (x2), 58, 59, 93, 93v (x2), 94 (x2), 94v (x2), 95 (x2)). 1 large decorated initial, in colours and gold, for a prayer (f. 96). Large and small initials in gold on red and blue grounds. Small initials in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 140 (125 x 80)
 
Part 2 ff. 272v-277 
Author Augustine
Title Letter contra Manichei, written on versos, with the English translation on rectos
Origin England
Date 1554
Language Latin and English
Script Humanistic and Gothic cursive
Decoration 2 small decorated initials with foliate extensions into the margins, in colours and gold (f. 272v). Heraldic arms (ff. 45, 68, 99, 111, 137v, 151v, 271, 277).
Dimensions in mm 220 x 140 (185 x 80)
 
Official foliation ff. 277 (f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf; + 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment and 3 paper flyleaves at the end.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Gold-tooled brown leather; rebound in 1963; gilt and gauffered edges.
Provenance Includes a devotion to Clement (f. 32v), perhaps indicating a connection with a church or trade guild association (Clement was the patron of the London Bakers) (see discussion Rogers 2002).
Unidentified original owner: his arms, overpainted (ff. 45, 68).
Edward (b. c. 1504, d. 1564) 1st baron North, the son of a London merchant, by 1554: inscribed with his name 'Edwardus : Dominus : North', partly with his motto 'Serva Fidem', and his arms, added in spaces and painted over those of the original owner (ff. 45, 68, 99, 111, 137v, 151v, 271, 277).
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 By the same artist who worked on Chicago, Newbury Library MS 35, according to Rogers 2002.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 3000.

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.

Christopher Wordsworth and Henry Littlehales, The Old Service-Books of the English Church, 2nd edn (London: Methuen & Co., 1910), pp. 111, 113, 252..

James H. Marrow, ‘The Pembroke Psalter-Hours’, in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 861-902 (p. 883 n. 23).

Nicolas Rogers, ‘Patrons and Purchasers: Evidence for the Original Owners of Books of Hours Produced in the Low Countries for the English Market’ in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 1165-1181 (pp. 1167-68, pl. 1).

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 36.


Images

Part  1   ff. 2-271
Book of Hours, Use of Sarum, and Psalter
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Catherine

f. 38v
Catherine
Barbara

f. 40v
Barbara
Margaret

f. 42v
Margaret
 
Illuminated initial

f. 43
Illuminated initial
Agony in the Garden

f. 44v
Agony in the Garden
Agony in the Garden

f. 44v
Agony in the Garden
 
Christ before Pilate

f. 60v
Christ before Pilate
Flagellation of Christ

f. 64v
Flagellation of Christ
Annuciation to the Shepherds

f. 65
Annuciation to the Shepherds
 
Christ

f. 93v
Christ
Instruments of the Passion

f. 138v
Instruments of the Passion
Fool and his master

f. 189
Fool and his master
 

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