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Detailed record for Harley 3437

Author William Tesche
Title Verses on the Order of the Garter
Origin England
Date 1582
Language English
Script Gothic (ff. 1, 6, 15, and 20 only) and Humanistic
Scribe William Tesche
Artists William Tesche
Decoration Coats of arms of the members, in colours and gold surrounded by the garter and combined with the motto corresponding to the arms written on a scroll and occasionally the emblem (ff. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19). Numerous initials in gold and brown ink with cadels. Double ruling in gold framing the text block on all rectos.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 165
Official foliation ff. 20 (+ 3 unfoliated parchment leaves at the beginning + 1 unfoliated blank parchment leaf after f. 1 + 2 unfoliated parchment leaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Red velvet in a red leather slipcase; gilt edges.
Provenance Elizabeth I (b. 1533, d. 1603), queen of England 1558-1603: made for her by Sir William Tesche in 1582, inscribed with colophon 'Guilielmus Tesheus composuit, scripsit et pinxit. Anno Domini 1582' and in the margin, 'Wm Tesche' (f. 20).
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 All versos are blank.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3437.

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. 143, 326.

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Dudley coat of arms

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