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Detailed record for Harley 3110

Author Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius
Title Divinae institutiones (ff. 1-162v), De ira Dei (ff. 163-179), De opificio Dei (ff. 179v-194), Epitome divinarum institutionum (ff. 194v-202v)
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Ser Nicolaus Berti Martini de Gentiluzis de Sanctogeminiano (N.) (b. c. 1389, d. 1468); annotations by fra Evangelista da Cortona
Artists Attributed to the Master del Lattanzio riccardiano
Decoration Large white vine initial in gold and colours containing a putto with partial white vine border including birds and winged putti holding a wreath enclosing a blank space originally designed to receive a heraldic motif (f. 1). 9 large white vine initials in gold and colours (ff. 24, 44v, 69v, 93, 114v, 141, 163, 179v, 194v). The catchwords written vertically are decorated with some penwork.
Dimensions in mm 330 x 230 (210 x 130), in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 203 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end + 1 parchment flyleaf at the beginning (f. [iv]))
Collation Mostly in quires of 10.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers
Provenance ?16th-century inscription (f. 203v).
Effaced inscription, ?16th or 17th century (f. 202v).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold on 9 November 1721 (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. Although the manuscript was purchased on 9 November 1721, it does not bear the usual inscription by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley.
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 Some catchwords written vertically, others horizontally.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3110.

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. 121 n. 6.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 162.

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli, 2 vols ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, pp. 395-574 (p. 517); II, pl. 704.

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White vine initial

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White vine initial

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