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Detailed record for Harley 2758

Author Ovid )
Title Epistolae
Origin Italy, N.
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Partial foliate border in colours and gold with an historiated initial 'H'(anc) of Ovid holding a book (f. 1). Red initials with purple penwork decoration and blue initials with red penwork decoration. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 185 (175 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 48 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Marianus de Veglano: his ownership inscription, 15th century, 'Iste liber est mei mariani de veglano in Pisa' (f. 48v).
Pandolfo di Ricasoli, baron, of Florence: his bookstamp, 17th century (f. 1).
The convent of Discalced Carmelites, Florence: their bookstamp, 17th century, with the words, 'CARM. Discal. S. Pauli. Flor.' (partially effaced) (f. 1).
A monastic library founded or endowed by the Guicciardini (see Wright 1972).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Harley on 13 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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2758.

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. 26.

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. 153, 162, 163, 234, 285.

Cyril Ernest Wright, 'Manuscripts of Italian Provenance in the Harleian Collection in the British Museum: Their Sources, Associations and Channels of Acquisition', in Cultural Aspects of the Italian Renaissance. Essays in Honour of Paul Oskar Kristeller, ed. by C. H. Clough (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1976), pp. 462-84 (p. 467).


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