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Detailed record for Harley 278

Title Statutes and Ordinances of the Order of the Garter (as revised under Henry VIII)
Origin England, S. E. (?London)
Date c. 1522 - 1542
Language English
Script Gothic
Decoration Large 'champ' initials in colours and gold (f. 1). Numerous smaller 'champ' initials in colours and gold. Some ascenders decorated with cadels (e.g., ff. 1v, 15).
Dimensions in mm 220 x 150 (140 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 23 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves and 2 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the beginning + 2 unfoliated parchment flyleaves and 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Dark blue leather with gold tooling; dark blue endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance Old Royal Library (the English royal library, Westminster: Royal catalogue number 'No1226' (f. 1); see discussion Carley 2000.
Sir Simonds d'Ewes (b.1602, d. 1650), 1st baronet, diarist, antiquary, and friend of Sir Robert Cotton (see Wright 1972).
Sir Simonds D’Ewes (d. 1722), 3rd baronet and grandson of the former: inherited and later sold the D’Ewes library to Robert Harley on 4 October 1705 for £450 (see Watson 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.
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.
These are Statutes as revised by Henry VIII on 23 April 1522 (stated in the text on f. 2).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), I (1808), no. 278.

George Gatfield, Guide to Printed Books and Manuscripts Relating to English and Foreign Heraldry and Genealogy (London: Mitchell and Hughes, 1892), p. 254.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, pp. xviii-xix.

Andrew G. Watson, The Library of Sir Simonds D'Ewes (London: British Museum, 1966), no. A361a.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 131.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by James P. Carley, Corpus of British medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: British Library, 2000), p. 206, H2.1226.


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