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Detailed record for Harley 3058

Author Various authors including Jerome
Title Theological texts including Liber interpretationis hebraicorum nominum (ff. 1v-23v)
Origin Germany, W. (Arnstein)
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 1 large and 1 smaller initial, outlined in red, with foliate motifs and one with clasps, on green and blue grounds (ff. 1v, 24). Numerous small initials in red, frequently with some penwork decoration in red, occasionally with some green. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 275 x 175 (215 x 140), in 3 columns (ff. 1v-32v), in 2 columns (ff. 33-76)
Official foliation ff. 76 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold- and blind-tooled sprinkled brown leather over wooden boards; sewn on five supports.
Provenance The Premonstratensian abbey of St Mary and Nicholas, Arnstein, founded in 1139: inscribed 'Liber sancte Marie sanctique Nycolai in arenstein, si quis eum prefate ecclesie abstulerit anathema sit' (f. 1); 'Liber ecclesie sancte marie virginis sanctique nicolai in arinstein' (f. 1v).
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie (Wright 1972; 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 ‘16 die Januarij, A.D. 1720/21’ (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 Quire marks (in the centre of the lower margin of the verso of the last leaf of the quires).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II, no. 3058

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. 81 n. 16.

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. 53, 254.

Sigrid Krämer, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz: Ergänzungsband 1, 3 vols (Munich, 1989-90), I (1989), p. 26.

Bruno Krings, Das Prämonstratenserstift Arnstein a. d. Lahn im Mittelalter (1139-1527) (Wiesbaden: Selbstverlag der Historischen Kommission für Nassau, 1990), p. 254 no. 28.

Eyal Poleg, ‘The Interpretations of Hebrew Names in Theory and Practice’, in Form and Function in the Late Medieval Bible, ed. by Eyal Poleg and Laura Light (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 217-36 (p. 219 n. 5).


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