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Detailed record for Harley 2462

Author Various authors including Demosthenes and Aeschines translated by Leonardus Brunus Aretinus
Title Various works including Demosthenes' Orationes , Aeschines' Orationes, Oratio pro Ctesiphonte, and other orations
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Decoration 9 large white vine initials in gold and colours (ff. 1, 9, 14, 19v, 23v, 29v, 42, 92, 157), with a butterfly (f. 9). Coloured initials in blue ink.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 180 (185 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 184 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 1 parchment flyleaves at the beginning + 3 unfoliated ruled blank leaves after f. 91 and 1 after f. 156 + 1 unfoliated parchment and 1 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance A monastic library founded or endowed by the Guicciardini of Florence (see Wright 1972).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Edward Harley on 13th February 1723/4 (see Diary 1966; Wright 1972).
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 ‘13 die Februarij, A.D. 1723/4’ (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 Catchwords written horizontally.
Includes formulae addressing various persons beginning with Pope Martin V (dedication) and ending with the nobles and aldermen of London (ff. 177-184).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2462.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 216 n. 24.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 162, 173-74.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 158.

Paul Botley, 'Renaissance Scholarship and the Athenian Calendar', Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 46 (2006), 395-431 (pp. 402 n. 25, 403 n. 26).

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White vine initial

f. 9
White vine initial

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