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Detailed record for Harley 4430

Author Valerius Maximus, translated by Simon de Hesdin and Nicholas de Gonesse
Title Les Fais et les Dis des Romains et de autres gens , vol. 1, imperfect
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration 3 large miniature in colours and gold with full strew border with flowers, acanthus leaves, figures and drolleries, at the beginning of each book (ff. 33, 195v, 438v; lacking for book 3 (missing leaf after f. 340)). Puzzle initials in red or blue (ff. 35, 55, 155). Coloured initials in red or blue. Cadels, occasionally including a face (f. 43), or a leaf (e.g., ff. 74, 108v). Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 365 x 270 (235 x 185), in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 516 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 2 unfoliated ruled leaves after f. 32 + 1 unfoliated ruled unwritten parchment leaf and 2 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Edges speckled with blue and red ink.
Provenance 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 18 January 1723/4 (Wright 1972; Diary 1966).
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 ‘Januarij die 18, A.D. 1723/4’ (f. [ii]).
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 Beginning with a table of rubrics (ff. 1-32v).
Ruling in pink.
Watermark of a bell with a cross (see ff. 33, 47) similar to C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: Paper Publications Society, 1968), no. 4086 (Sens, 1446), and shield with 3 fleurs de lys and the letters 'J' and 'P' (see f. 395), similar to Briquet no. 1760 (Calvados, 1474; Mayence, Bruges, 1477), but with different letters.
Original foliation in red ink.
Lacking 1 leaf containing the beginning of book 3 (after f. 340).
f. 340v is blank.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 4430.

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. 269 n. 8.

Robert H. Lucas, 'Mediaeval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500', Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, 45-2 (1970), 225-53 (p. 247).

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. 253-54.

Dorothy M. Schullian, ‘A Revised List of Manuscripts of Valerius Maximus’, Miscellanea Augusto Campana. Medioevo e Umanesimo 45 (1981), 695-728 (p. 708).

'M. Valerius Maximus. Factorum et dictorum memorabilium libri novem: Traduction de Simon de Hesdin et Nicolas de Gonesse (1375-1401)', in Frédéric Duval and Jeanne Viellard, Miroir des classiques 17 (Éditions en ligne de l'École des chartes) [] [accessed 14 May 2008].

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f. 33

f. 195v
Construction of Rome

f. 438v
Construction of Rome

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