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Detailed record for Harley 5415

Author Mondonus Belvaleti
Title Speculum Anglorum
Origin France, N.
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century (after 1463)
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large decorated initial with a full foliate border including hybrid figures, animals, birds, and a garter with the inscribed motto 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' in the lower margin, in colours and gold (f. 1). 18 large or small decorated initials with partial foliate borders including the garter partly with the inscribed motto, in colours and gold (ff. 5v, 8, 11, 14v, 19v, 23, 26v, 29v, 33, 36, 39, 42v, 45, 48v, 51v, 53v, 56v, 59v). Large decorated initials in colours and gold. Paraphs in plain red or blue. Line-fillers decorated in red and/or blue. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 155 (110 x 75)
Official foliation ff. 74 (+ 4 unfoliated paper and 1 original parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 4 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1967.
Provenance Rubric '... Anno domini mil.o iiii.cmo lx iii.o' (f. 1, cf. f. 59).
Inscribed 'Oxford. Janu: 1729/30' (f. 1).
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 For another manuscript of this text, see Bibliothèque de Saint-Omer, ms. 793, which ends with the words 'brevis abbrevatio', as the present manuscript.
This text was printed and published in Köhln in 1631 (see D’Arcy Jonathan Dacre Boulton, The Knights of the Crown: the monarchical orders of knighthood in later medieval Europe 1325-1520 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987), p. 155 n. 246).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), I, no. 5415.

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