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Detailed record for Harley 3041

Author Honorius Augustodunensis , Boniface VIII
Title Elucidarium (ff. 1-30), pious verses in Provençal (f. 30), Papal bull of Boniface VIII, dated 1300 (f. 30v)
Origin France, S.
Date 14th century
Language Latin and French (Provençal or Occitan)
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large initial in red and blue with red and blue penwork decoration (f. 1). 4 smaller initials in red with blue penwork decoration or in blue with red penwork decoration (ff. 1 (x 2), 10v, 20v). Rubrics in red. Capitals marked in red.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 200 (225 x 150)
Official foliation ff. 30 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 7 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Edward Harley on 28 August 1724 (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 ‘28 die Augusti, A. D. 1724’ (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 Horizontal catchwords.
Pious verses on the pains of hell, addressed by the author to his friend, Girard, written in Provençal and beginning: 'Si paradis & enferns sont aital / Amies Girard qon tot jor auzem dir' (ff. 30-30v).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 3041.

A. Jeanroy, Bibliographie sommaire des chansonniers provençaux (manuscrits et éditions), Les classiques français du Moyen Âge. 2e série: Manuels, 16 (Paris: Champion, 1916) viii

Clovis Brunel, Bibliographie des manuscrits litteraires en ancien provençal, Société de publications romanes et françaises, 13 (Paris: Librairie E. Droz, 1935), no. 18.

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. 312 n. 2.

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. 162.

Henning Düwell, 'Noch nicht untersuchte Handschriften des Elucidarium von Honorius Augustodunensis', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relatives aux manuscrits, 26 (1977), 337-42 (p. 340).


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