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Detailed record for Harley 2747

Author Justin
Title Epitome historiarum Pompeii Trogi
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1410-c. 1420
Language Latin
Script Semi-humanistic
Decoration White vine initials on blue grounds. A few spaces for initials left blank.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 185 (165 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 110 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Collation Mostly in quires of 10.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Effaced ?colophon (f. 106v).
Added notes in Greek dated 1471-1480 possibly recording the birth of children (f. 110).
Corrections and annotations in 15th-century cursive and in a 16th-century hand.
A monastic library founded or endowed by the Guicciardini of Florence (see Wright 1972).
Numerous added records in Italian in one hand, mostly relating to accounts, 16th century: sales (of wheat, etc.), lists of purchases, of letters written to various persons, mention of a donation towards the restauration of a church ( 'la donatione di ma Maria di bast[ian]o minorbetti fu fatta addi 12 di maggio 1565' (f. 2v)), etc. These contain numerous names (Lapi, Mascalzi, Bartolini, Minorbetti, Ingrillani,...) including Alberto Contalberti (?= the vicar of San Miniato, near Florence, in 1619), dated 1610-12, Tuscany (ff. 1v-2v, 107-10).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer: sold to Edward Harley on 13 February 1723/4 (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 in the centre of the lower margin, sometimes framed with penwork decoration in the same ink (f. 62v).
The white vine initials are painted in an early Florentine style and the manuscript dates to c. 1410-1420 according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2747.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 217 n. 2.

C. E. 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.

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