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Detailed record for Harley 3458

Author Poggio Bracciolini, edited and translated by Jacopo di Poggio
Title Historia Florentina
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language Italian
Script Humanistic
Scribe The scribe of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Canon. Class. Lat. 156
Decoration Large initial in colours and gold and three-sided border with flowers and besants, including a coat of arms (f. 1). Large initial in colours and gold with foliate decoration extending into the margin at the beginning of each book (ff. 4, 21v, 39, 65, 89, 119v, 135v, 157v).
Dimensions in mm 330 x 220 (210 x 120)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 176 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf after f. 1* + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Made for a member of the Bardi family of Florence, 15th century: their arms (f. 1).
Gualtro Guicciardini, 17th century: inscribed 'Della Libreria di Gualterotto Guicciardini' (f. 1*).
A monastic library founded or endowed by the Guicciardini (see Wright 1972).
John Gibson (fl. 1720-1726), dealer; sold to Harley on 13 February 1723/4 (see 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 ‘13 die Februarij, A.D. 1723/4’ (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 Jacopo di Poggio (b. 1442, d. 1478) edited and translated into Italian the Historia Florentina left incompleted by his father Poggio Bracciolini (b. 1380, d. 1459); it begins with a dedication to Federico da Montefeltro, count of Urbino (b. 1422, d. 1482).
Catchwords written vertically.
f. 1 was torn and repaired by gluing a piece of paper on the verso.
f. 1* is a parchment leaf.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3458.

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. 216 n. 8.

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. 162, 173.

Cyril Ernest Wright, 'Manuscripts of Italian Provenance in the Harleian Collection in the British Museum: Their Sources, Associations and Channels of Acquisition', in Cultural Aspects of the Italian Renaissance. Essays in Honour of Paul Oskar Kristeller, ed. by C. H. Clough (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1976), pp. 462-84 (p. 480, n. 18).

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. 549).


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