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Detailed record for Harley 2340

Title Treatises on hawking
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language English, Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large blue initial with red pen-flourishing (f. 1). Some capitals marked in red ink. Smaller initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Explicit framed in red (f. 45).
Dimensions in mm 130 x 110 (85 x 60)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 59 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Inscribed ?15th century 'Richard' (f. 57).
Inscribed ?16th century 'Thomas' (f. 56), and 'Thomas ?Angrische' (f. 57).
George ?Warnesfend: inscribed ?16th century 'George ?warnesfend It is his booke' (f. 1).
Reverend Peter Needham (b. 1682, d. 1731), classical author, M. A. St John's College, Cambridge 1700: sold to the Harleys in 1719 (inscription by their librarian on f. 1*).
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 ‘Praesentem Codicem Domino meo D. D. Vir per eruditus Petrus Nedham S. T. P. 12 die Octobris, A.D. 1719’ (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 Composed of three treatises on hawking bound together.
Various added texts (including recipes) and inscriptions, 15th-16th century (ff. 46, 52-53v, 54v, 55-57v, 59).
Catchwords. Leaf signatures.
Watermark (f. [60]).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2340.

E. H. Swaen, ‘The Booke of Hawkyng after Prince Edwarde Kyng of Englande and its Relation to the Book of Saint Albans’, Studia Neophilologica, 16 (1943-44), 1-32.

H. S. Bennett, 'Science and Information in English Writings of the Fifteenth Century', Modern Language Review, 39 (1944), 1-8 (p. 2).

Rachel Hands, 'Julian Berners and The Boke of St. Albans', The Review of English Studies, 18 (1967), 373-86.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 249.

Rachel Hands, English Hawking and Hunting in 'The Boke of St. Albans' (London: Oxford University Press, 1975).

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