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Detailed record for Harley 5743

Author Sophocles, Euripides
Title Sophocles's 'Trachiniae' (ff. 2v-29v) and 'Philoctetes' (ff. 30-61v), and Euripides's 'Alcestis' (ff. 63-65v, imperfect), 'Rhesus' (ff. 67-86v) and 'Troades' (ff. 87-113), with marginal scholia
Origin Italy, N. E.
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Johannes Franciscus Burana of Verona
Decoration Headpiece with foliate decoration in red (f. 2v). Titles in display capitals in red (ff. 2v, 30). Initials, plain or with foliate decoration, in red, light brown or blue. Rubrics in red or light brown
Dimensions in mm 215 x 150 (165/170 x 85/90)
Official foliation ff. i + 113 (f. i is an early modern flyleaf; + one unfoliated early modern flyleaf at the beginning, and one original leaf and one early modern flyleaf at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of brown calf with gilt-tooled spine; marbled endpapers and edges gilt.
Provenance Written by Johannes Franciscus Burana of Verona (see Gamillscheg and Harlfinger 1981).
Antonio de Blanchis of Verona, doctor: owned before 4 October 1702 (f. 113).
Louis Bourguet (b. 1678, d. 1742), of Nîmes, naturalist: acquired from Antonio de Blanchis on 4 October 1702; his name and acquisition note (ff. 1, 113; see 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: acquired by Edward Harley on 1 May 1729, as inscribed (f. i).
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 All texts, with the only exception of 'Alcestis', are preceded by prose arguments.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5743.

E. Maunde Thompson, ‘Catalogue of Classical Manuscripts’, Classical Review, 2 (1888), 102-4, 171-74 (pp. 172 no. 41, 173 no. 48).

Alexander Turyn, 'The Sophocles Recension of Manuel Moschopoulos', Transactions of the American Philological Association, 80 (1949), 94-173 (p. 190).

Alexander Turyn, The Byzantine Manuscript Tradition of the Tragedies of Euripides, Illinois Studies in Language and Literature, 43 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1957), pp. 88ff (as 'Q').

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. 73, 78, 461.

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. 161.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 187 [with further bibliography].

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Decorated headpiece and initial

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