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Detailed record for Harley 2724

Author Quintus Horatius Flaccus and others
Title Carmina (incomplete), Epodae, Ars poetica, Carmen saeculares, Epistulae, Sermones ; extensive additions and glosses
Origin Germany
Date 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule, in several hands
Decoration Large initials in plain red. Drawings added at various later dates (ff. 1, 19, 131v, 136).
Dimensions in mm 245 x 200 (185 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 136 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Harleian binding of gold-tooled red leather; rebacked; preserving part of the former spine inside the upper cover; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance ? Effaced ownership(?) inscription (f. 1).
? Nicholas of Cues (b.1401, d.1464), Bishop of St Brixen: Wanley's estimation, on unknown grounds (see Diary); note in gothic cursive (f. 130) does not appear to be in Nicholas's hand.
The Hospital of St Nicholas, Cues, on the Moselle: (see Hallauer 1986; Bergmann and Stricker 2005).
Nathaniel Noel, bookseller, bought by Wanley for £31. 10s. 0d. (Diary).
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 '18 die mensis Januarij, 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 For a detailed list of textual contents, see Haubst, 'Kritisches Verzeichnis der Londoner Handschriften' (1963).
The small bifolium (85 x 140 (74 x 138)), ff. 68-69, contains an unidentified Latin text.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2724

Berthold L. Ullman, 'Manuscripts of Nicholas of Cues', Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, 13 (1938), 194-97 (p. 194).

Herbert Thoma, ‘Altdeutsches aus Londer Hss’, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur, 73 (1951), pp. 243-45, 254.

[Rudolf Haubst], 'Kritisches Verzeichnis der Londoner Handschriften aus dem Besitz des Nikolaus von Kues', Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellschaft, 3 (1963), pp. 17-18, 22-23, 57-61.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: The Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1722-1726, pp. 235, 237.

Cyril E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 120, 121, 254

B. Munk Olsen, L’Étude des auteurs classiques latins aux XIe et XIIe siècles, 3 vols (Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1982-1989), I, p. 461 no. C. 90.

Hermann J. Hallauer, 'Habent sua fata libelli. Von der Mosel zur Themse: Handschriften des St. Nikolaus-Hospitals in der Bibliotheca Harleiana', Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellshaft, 17 (1986), 21-56 (pp. 36 n. 112, 42).

Rolf Bergmann and Stefanie Stricker, Katalog der althochdeutschen und altsächsischen Glossenhandschriften, 6 vols (Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2005), II, pp. 881-83 no. 415 [with further bibliography].

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