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Detailed record for Harley 3098

Author Various authors including William of Champeaux , Yvo of Chartres, Anselm of Canterbury
Title 'Liber pancrisis': a theological miscellany
Origin France or England
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic, written above top line
Decoration Large initial in blue with penwork decoration in the same colour including foliate forms (f. 1). Smaller coloured initials in red, blue or green, occasionally with penwork decoration in the same colour or with reserved lines. Capitals marked in red.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 185 (200 x 115)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 91 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Collation Mainly in quires of 8.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1965.
Provenance Inscribed, ?14th century, 'panerisis totus aureus ley. a.' and 'lib[er] bonis co[n]tine[n]s p[rin]cipuas auctho[r]itates s[an]c[t]o[rum]' (on 2 pieces of parchment pasted onto f. 1*).
La Chartreuse de Rethel (the Carthusian monastery of Rettel-lès-Sierck, also called Rutila), Ardennes (France): inscribed 15th century 'Iste liber e[st] dom[us] s[an]c[t]i Sixti in Rutila ordi[nis] carthus[iensis] ...' preceded by a pressmark 'B xxviii' (f. 1*v) and 'Iste liber est fr[atru]m carthusiensiu[m] in Rutila p[ro]pe Sirck' (f. 1).
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 Quire marks (on the verso of the last leaf of the quire).
'To judge from the sources quoted in it, the collection could have been made at any time in the first quarter of the twelfth century.' (R. W. Southern, Scholastic Humanism and the Unification of Europe, II: The Heroic Age (Oxford: Blackwell 2001), p. 53).
Some authors are designated as modern in the introducing rubric: 'modernorum magistrorum Guillelmi Catalaunensis ep[iscop]i [i.e.Guillelmus De Campellis (William of Champeaux), bishop of Châlons sur Marne (1113-1121)], ivonis carnotensis ep[iscop]I [Yvo, bishop of Chartres (1090-1116)], Anselmi et fratris ei[us] radulfi [Anselm of Canterbury (b. c. 1033, d. 1109) and his brother Ralph], [...]' (f. 1).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 3098.

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. 284-85.


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