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Detailed record for Harley 5732

Author Apollodorus of Athens
Title Bibliotheca
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 16th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Johannes Honorius
Decoration Headpiece with floral decoration in gold and colours, title in display capitals in gold and purple, initial with foliate decoration in gold (f. 1)
Dimensions in mm 200 x 125 (125 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 61 (+ 7 unfoliated early modern flyleaves at the beginning and 12 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gilt-tooled red morocco, attributable to Christopher Chapman; marbled endleaves.
Provenance Written by Johannes Honorius (see Gamillscheg and Harlfinger 1981).
? Alexander Farnese (b. 1468, d. 1549), from 1534 pope Paul III: owned (see discussion in Pernot 1979; Pernot 1981).
Biblioteca Farnese: seen here by Benedetto Egio before his edition of Apollodorus published in 1555 (see discussion in Pernot 1979; Pernot 1981).
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 (see 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, ‘18 die mensis Januarij, A.D. 1723/4’ (f. iv; see Wright and Wright 1966).
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 Contemporary pagination '1-121'.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5732.

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. 233 n. 4.

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. 254, 461.

Laurent Pernot, ‘La collection de manuscrits grecs de la maison Farnèse’, Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome, 91 (1979), 457-506 (pp. 486-87 no. III AA 1, 503 no. 85 or 225).

Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3-1, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. 174.

Laurent Pernot, ‘Nouveaux manuscrits grecs Farnèsiens’, Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome, 93 (1981), 695-711 (p. 700 n. 34).

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 182 [with further bibliography].


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