You are in Introduction. Click here to skip the navigation.
British Library
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
 Detail from the Roman de la Rose
About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search  Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Contact us  Main
print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back

search tips  Search tips



Detailed record for Harley 4185

Author Lazare François Dagobert
Title Collection of poems in praise of Charles II
Origin England, S. E. (London ?)
Date October 1683
Language Latin and English
Script Humanistic (formal and cursive)
Scribe Lazare François Dagobert
Artists Lazare François Dagobert
Decoration Arms of Charles II in gold and colours (f. 2). Title-page with title and full frame in gold and initial in gold with foliate decoration in gold and colours (f. 3). Miniatures representing a hand holding a bunch of hearts (f. 8), and a candle and a globe (f. 16). Full and partial frames with penwork decoration in gold, colours or black. Text partially in gold and colours. Knot-like decoration and tables formed by words (ff. 12, 20, 21).
Dimensions in mm 365 x 235
Official foliation ff. 22 (+ 2 unfoliated early modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. 18th-century quarter binding of brown calf with decorated paper covers; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Written and decorated in October 1683 for presentation to Charles II by Lazare François Dagobert, a French writing master journeying in England: his initials and date (f. 20; see Wright 1972).
? Charles II, king of England (b. 1630, d. 1685): possibly presented to him in October 1683 (Wright 1972).
The note of a price '0 : 10: 6' (f. 1).
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie: sold to Edward Harley on 13 August 1724 (Wright and Wright 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 August 1724’ (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 Lazare François Dagobert produced a similar collection in 1682 for King Louis XIV of France, which is now Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale, Leber MS. 5783: see Catalogue ge´ne´ral des manuscrits des Bibliothe`ques Publiques de France: De´partements, vol. II: Rouen (Paris: Plon, 1888), p. 129, no. 3275.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 4185.

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, pp. 304-05 n. 7.

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. 102, 122-23, 255, 441.

* * *

f. 8

print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back
top Back

About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search
Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Accessibility Contact us Main

All text is © British Library Board and is available under a CC-BY Licence except where otherwise stated