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Detailed record for Harley 3814

Part 1 vol. 1, ff. 3v-10 
Title Computistical treatise
Origin England or France
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initial in red ink (f. 3v).
Dimensions in mm 140 x 95 (75 x 50)
 
Part 2 vol. 1, ff. 11-86v 
Title Various astrological and computistical treatises, including a calendar (ff. 81-86v)
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Diagrams (ff. 23v, 45, 49, 56v, 58v, 62, 74v). Tables (ff. 76v, 77v, 78v, 79v, 80v). 3 large puzzle initials in red and blue with penwork decoration in the same colours (ff. 11, 23, 43v). Smaller initials in blue with red and blue pen-flourishing in the same colours.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 95 (70 x 50)
 
Part 3 vol. 1, ff. 90-139 
Title Various texts including astrological treatises
Origin England
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initial in red with penwork decoration in the same colour (f. 119). Initials in red ink.
Dimensions in mm 125 x 95 (80-105 x 60-70)
 
Part 4 vol. 2, ff. 1-122v 
Title Prayer book, including moral texts on the Ten Commandments, Seven Deadly Sins, etc.
Origin Italy, Central
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin and Italian
Script Humanistic
Decoration Historiated initial in gold and colours with ink tendrils (f. 25: crown), Large white vine initial in gold and colours with decoration extending into the margin (f. 21). Large white vine initial in gold and colours (f. 1). Coloured initials.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 95 (85 x 60)
 
Official foliation vol. 1: ff. 140 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end + 1 unfoliated parchment leaf after ff. 10, 86); vol. 2: ff. 122 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf and 1 parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 1 unfoliated ruled parchment leaf after f. 69 + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end);
Form Parchment codices (in 2 volumes)
Binding BM/BL in-house. Gilt edges (only vol. 2).
Provenance Part 1:
Parchment pieces written in a ?14th-century hand: one probably referring to debts owed by 'Amic[?] ?Gemis' and 'Margaret Husscher', the other inscribed 'pro a][n]i[m]a domini symon de la mor[?], pro a[n]i[m]a domine Joh[ann]e de la mor[?], pro a[n]i[m]a pet[ro]nille de Ketelberwe, pro a[n]i[m]a joh[an]is le bert' (pasted onto f. 1).
Added table in medieval hand (f. 2v).

Part 2:
Erased inscription (f. 89).
Girolamo dell'Abaco and Lodovico dell'Abaco, sons of Pietro dell'Abaco, probably the Sienese mathematician and estimator (active 1457-1486), 15th century: may have inherited the book from their father. Inscribed in Italian: 'Questo libro fie dinoi Girolamo et lodovico di m[aestr]o piet[r]o dellabaco et qui e elnost[r]o segnio' (f. 89).
Inscribed in a medieval hand monogram 'P C' combined with a cross (f. 89).
Added doodled drawings, ?16th century (f. 88v).

Part 3:
Added fish drawn in the margin (f. 109v).
Added tables and notes, 15th century (ff. 139-140v).

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 possibly by Edward Harley ‘Janu. 1728/9’ (f. [ii] in vol. 2).
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 Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Composite codices.
Part 2 is written on fine parchment. The calendar includes Edmund and Thomas of Canterbury in red.
Part 2 and 3 contain tables and diagrams. Part 3 is composite.
Part 4 includes the Penitential Psalms, the litany, and numerous prayers, followed by, in Italian, the Ten Commandments, Seven Deadly Sins, Five Senses, Three Virtues, etc. (ff. 70-122v).
Ansano of Siena and Zenobi of Florence feature in the litany (ff. 12v and 13).
Leaf signatures.
For a more detailed list of contents, see Catalogue 1808.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 3814.


Images

Part  2   vol. 1, ff. 11-86v
Various astrological and computistical treatises, including a calendar (ff. 81-86v)
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Diagram

f. 58v
Diagram

Part  4   vol. 2, ff. 1-122v
Prayer book, including moral texts on the Ten Commandments, Seven Deadly Sins, etc.
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White vine initial

f. 21
White vine initial

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