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Detailed record for Harley 2757

Author Quintus Curtius Rufus
Title Historia Alexandri Magni
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1450-c. 1460
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Decoration 8 large white vine initials with scrolls extending into the margin (ff. 1, 19v, 54, 74, 95v, 118v, 146, 166). White vine lower border and wreath enclosing a blank area intended for a coat of arms (f. 1).
Dimensions in mm 255 x 170 (160 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 180 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation Mostly in quires of 10.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers and gilt edges.
Provenance Added maniculum (f. 31).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold on 17 June 1721 to the Harley collection (see Diary 1966).
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 ‘17 Junij,1721’ (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. Leaf signatures.
According to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, this manuscript was made in Florence c. 1450-1460.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2757.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 113, n. 13.

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. 162.


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