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Detailed record for Harley 1310

Author Jacques Legrand
Title Le livre des bonnes moeurs (The book of good manners) (ff. 1-80v), followed by tracts on the good confession (ff. 81-85v), the good death (ff. 86-88v), a list of the ten commandments, etc. (ff. 88v-89v)
Origin France, N. or Netherlands, S.
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 half-page miniature with a large decorated initial and full foliate borders including two angels supporting heraldic arms in the lower margin, in colours and gold (f. 1). 2 small column-wide miniatures with large decorated initials and three-sided column-wide foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 81, 86). Smaller initials in gold on red and blue grounds, for chapter divisions. Paraph marks in plain red or blue. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 255 x 190 (180 x 130) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 89 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 medieval parchment and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Parchment with black tooling over pasteboards, 17th? century; red speckled edges.
Provenance The arms of Cleves, and Cleves impaled with a version of Burgundy (f. 1): see Lowden, tour.
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 Added alphabetical quire signatures of capital letters B-L, on the first page of quires.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 1310.

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.


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Fall of Lucifer

f. 1
Fall of Lucifer
Two angels supporting heraldic arms

f. 1
Two angels supporting heraldic arms
Sin and grace

f. 81
Sin and grace
 
Sick man

f. 86
Sick man
Text page

f. 89
Text page

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