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Detailed record for Harley 4242

ff. 1-64v 
Title Life and Miracles of Thomas Becket, imperfect at the beginning
 
ff. 65-66v 
Title Miracles of Walsinus , imperfect at the beginning and at the end
 
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Puzzle initials in red and blue. Initials in red or blue, some large, some small. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 355 x 240 (270 x 175) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 66 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Tan leather with gold-tooling.
Provenance 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 Ampersands.
f. 1 is a fragment.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 4242.


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ff. 1-64v
Life and Miracles of Thomas Becket, imperfect at the beginning
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Coloured initials

ff. 3v-4
Coloured initials

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