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Detailed record for Harley 5915

Part 1 ff. 2r-v 
Author Augustine
Title Leaf from Augustine's 'In Johannis ad epistolam ad Parthos', tractatus V
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Uncial capitals in ink.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 140 (190 x 120)
 
Part 2 ff. 3r-v 
Author Isidore of Seville
Title Leaf from Isidore's 'Differentiarum sive de proprietate sermonum', book II: 'De differentiis rerum', xviii-xxxix
Origin England or France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Uncial initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 175 x 130 (165 x 110)
 
Part 3 ff. 4r-v, 19r-v 
Author Jerome
Title 2 leaves with omelies translated from Origen, cropped
Origin England or France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Initials in red with foliate decoration in yellow and blue (ff. 4v, 19v). Initial in red with penwork decoration in red (f. 4). Small initials in green, two with highlighting in yellow. Rubrics in oxidised red.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 190 (255 x 165/170) in two columns
 
Part 4 ff. 5r-v 
Title Leaf from 'Vita Sancte Marie Magdalene', cropped
Origin England, W. (Worcester ?)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials in purple, red or green. Rubrics in oxidised red.
Dimensions in mm 330 x 225 (280 x 175) in two columns
 
Part 5 ff. 6r-v 
Author Bede
Title Leaf from Bede's 'Homilies'
Origin England, N.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials in green or purple with penwork decoration in green. Rubrics in oxidised red.
Dimensions in mm 365 x 255 (325 x 210) in two columns
 
Part 6 ff. 8-9v 
Author Aelfric
Title Bifolium from Aelfric's 'Grammar', cropped
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 11th century
Language Latin
Script Anglo-Saxon minuscule
Decoration Capitals in ink.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 165 (more than 200 x 120)
 
Part 7 ff. 10r-v 
Author Justinus
Title Leaf from Justinus's 'Epitome historiarum Trogi Pompeii', cropped
Origin England, N. E. (Northumbria ?)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 8th century
Language Latin
Script Anglo-Saxon minuscule
Dimensions in mm 195 x 125 (more than 170 x 100)
 
Part 8 ff. 12r-v 
Author Augustine
Title End of 'Contra mendacium' followed by the beginning of 'De cura pro mortuis gerenda', cropped leaf
Origin England, S. E. (Canterbury)
Date Last quarter of the 11th century, late 1080s
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Scribe Eadmer
Decoration Large initial in red. Rubrics in display capitals in red.
Dimensions in mm 215 x 175 (c. 210 x 125)
 
Part 9 ff. 13r-v 
Author Aelfric
Title Leaf from Aelfric's 'Catholic Homelies', I.xx and xxviii, cropped
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 11th century
Language English
Script Anglo-Saxon minuscule
Decoration Initials in ink.
Dimensions in mm 125 x 195 (more than 110 x 165)
 
Part 10 ff. 14r-v 
Title Leaf from an unidentified Biblical Chronicle (?)
Origin England or France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials in blue, green or oxidised red. Rubrics in oxidised red.
Dimensions in mm 370 x 230 (280 x 190) in two columns
 
Part 11 ff. 16r-v 
Author Poggio Bracciolini
Title Leaf from Bracciolini's 'De infelicitate principum', cropped
Origin England
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Thomas Candour
Decoration Initials in ink.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 150 (more than 175 x 120)
 
Part 12 ff. 17r-v 
Title Leaf from a Commentary on Psalm 70
Origin England or France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Plain initials in blue or oxidised red. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 220 (285 x 180) in two columns
 
Part 13 ff. 18r-v 
Author Hrabanus Maurus
Title Leaf from Hrabanus's 'De Universo', Book XIII, chapters 6-10
Origin England or France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials in red and/or green, two with penwork decoration in green. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 315 x 230 (280 x 205) in two columns
 
Part 14 ff. 21r-v 
Title Leaf from a Missal, with text relating to the offices for Friday and Saturday after the 4th Sunday of Lent
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initials in red or blue, 4 with penwork decoration in green or red. With musical notation of 4-line staves in red.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 180 (275 x 170) in two columns
 
Part 15 ff. 22r-v 
Author Richard of Saint-Victor
Title Leaf from Richard's 'De Trinitate', Book 2, chapters 16-20
Origin England or France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration Initials in blue or red with pen-flourished decoration in the other colour. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 330 x 205 (230 x 135) in two columns
 
Part 16 ff. 23r-v 
Title Leaf from a Lectionary
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration Initials in red or blue with pen-flourished decoration in red and blue. Rubrics in red. Highlighting of capitals in red.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 190 (255 x 165) in two columns
 
Part 17 ff. 25r-v 
Author Guy de Chauliac
Title Leaf from de Chauliac's 'Surgery' , Book VI, in English translation (originally ff. 107-107v in New York, Academy of Medicine, MS. 12, from which it was removed by John Bagford)
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century, c. 1440-1460
Language English
Script Gothic cursive (Anglicana)
Decoration Full bar border and inhabited initial with foliate decoration in colours and gold. Paraphs in blue or red. Rubrics in red. Capitals highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 325 x 235 (260 x 160) in two columns
 
Official foliation ff. 27 (+ several unfoliated interleaved modern paper leaves and flyleaves at the beginning and the end)
Form Parchment leaves and fragments mounted on guards.
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1967.
Provenance f. 12 [part 4]:
Originally part of a manuscript corpus of Augustine's works written by Eadmer, (d. c. 1130), monk at Christ Church, Canterbury, in the late 1080s (see Gullick 1998).

f. 25 [part 12]:
? Hew Herte, possibly identifiable with Hugh Herte (d. 1467), barber-surgeon in London: his name on the upper margin of f. 25, originally f. 107 in New York, Academy of Medicine, MS. 12 (see Wallner 1988).

Entire collection:
John Bagford (b. 1650/51, d. 1716), bookseller and antiquary: part of the Bagford fragments sold to Edward Harley after his death.
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, ne 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.
33 prints and drawings and 531 printed fragments were removed from the volume for the Print Room and the Department of Printed Books in the British Museum in 1814 and 1891.
Notes The volume is a collection of fragments from manuscripts of different date and origin. It was originally part of a collection of fragments from manuscripts and printed books, including maps and drawings, assembled by the bookseller and antiquary John Bagford (b. 1650/51, d. 1716) for historical purposes. Drawings and printed book fragments from the volume were transferred to the Print Room and the Department of Printed Books in the British Museum in the 19th century.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), 5914-39.

Neil R. Ker, Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), pp. 314-15, nos. 242-43 [ff. 8-9v, 13].

Cyril E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1723-1726, p. 440.

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. 59, 457.

Milton McC. Gatch, 'John Bagford as a Collector and Disseminator of Manuscript Fragments', The Library, Sixth Series, 7 (1985), 95-114 (pp. 109, 112).

Julia Crick, 'An Anglo-Saxon fragment of Justinus's Epitome', Anglo-Saxon England, 16 (1987), 181-96 [f. 10].

Bjn Wallner, The Middle English Translation of Guy de Chauliac's Treatise on 'Apostemes', 2 vols (Lund: Sandby Grafiska, 1988), I: Text: Book II of the Great Surgery, Edited from MS. New York Academy of Medicine 12 and related MSS, p. 9 and n. 43 [f. 25].

Rosamond McKitterick, 'Anglo-Saxon Missionaries in Germany: Reflections on the Manuscript Evidence', in Books, Scribes and Learning in the Frankish Kingdoms, 6th-9th Centuries, Variorum Collected Studies Series, CS452 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1994), pp. 291-329 (p. 315 and n. 114) [f. 10]

Giuseppe Billanovich, 'Lovato Lovati e il Giustino e il Beda di Pomposa' in La Bibioteca de Pomposa ed. by Giuseppe Billanovich (Padua: Editrice Antenore, 1994), pp. 181-212 (p. 210)

Michael Gullick, 'The scribal work of Eadmer of Canterbury to 1109', Archaeologia cantiana, 118 (1998), 173-89 (pp. 175-79, 189, pls I-II) [f. 12].

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and renaissance Studies, 2001), p. 78, nos 440.5, 441, 441.1, 441.3, 442 [ff. 2, 8-9v, 10, 12, 13].

David Rundle, 'The Scribe Thomas Candour and the Making of Poggio Bracciolini's English Reputation', in English Manuscripts Studies 1100-1700, vol. 12, Scribes and Transmission in English Manuscripts 1400-1700, ed. by Peter Beal and A.S.G. Edwards (London: The British Library, 2005), pp. 1-25 (pp. 16-17) [f. 16].

Malcom B. Parkes, Their Hands before Our Eyes: A Closer Look at Scribes. The Lyell Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford 1999 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), p. 94 n. 39.


Images

Part  1   ff. 2r-v
Augustine Leaf from Augustine's 'In Johannis ad epistolam ad Parthos', tractatus V
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Text page

f. 2
Text page
Text page

f. 10
Text page

Part  2   ff. 3r-v
Isidore of Seville Leaf from Isidore's 'Differentiarum sive de proprietate sermonum', book II: 'De differentiis rerum', xviii-xxxix
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Text page

f. 3v
Text page

Part  3   ff. 4r-v, 19r-v
Jerome 2 leaves with omelies translated from Origen, cropped
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Decorated initial

f. 19v
Decorated initial

Part  4   ff. 5r-v
Leaf from 'Vita Sancte Marie Magdalene', cropped
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Coloured initials

f. 5
Coloured initials

Part  6   ff. 8-9v
Aelfric Bifolium from Aelfric's 'Grammar', cropped
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Text page

f. 9v
Text page

Part  7   ff. 10r-v
Justinus Leaf from Justinus's 'Epitome historiarum Trogi Pompeii', cropped
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Text page

f. 10v
Text page

Part  8   ff. 12r-v
Augustine End of 'Contra mendacium' followed by the beginning of 'De cura pro mortuis gerenda', cropped leaf
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Coloured initial

f. 12
Coloured initial

Part  9   ff. 13r-v
Aelfric Leaf from Aelfric's 'Catholic Homelies', I.xx and xxviii, cropped
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Text page

f. 13
Text page

Part  10   ff. 14r-v
Leaf from an unidentified Biblical Chronicle (?)
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Coloured initial

f. 14
Coloured initial

Part  11   ff. 16r-v
Poggio Bracciolini Leaf from Bracciolini's 'De infelicitate principum', cropped
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Text page

f. 16v
Text page

Part  12   ff. 17r-v
Leaf from a Commentary on Psalm 70
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Coloured initial

f. 17v
Coloured initial

Part  13   ff. 18r-v
Hrabanus Maurus Leaf from Hrabanus's 'De Universo', Book XIII, chapters 6-10
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Decorated initial

f. 18
Decorated initial

Part  15   ff. 22r-v
Richard of Saint-Victor Leaf from Richard's 'De Trinitate', Book 2, chapters 16-20
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Decorated initials

f. 21
Decorated initials

Part  16   ff. 23r-v
Leaf from a Lectionary
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Decorated initials

f. 22
Decorated initials

Part  17   ff. 25r-v
Guy de Chauliac Leaf from de Chauliac's 'Surgery' , Book VI, in English translation (originally ff. 107-107v in New York, Academy of Medicine, MS. 12, from which it was removed by John Bagford)
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Decorated initials

f. 23
Decorated initials
Historiated initial

f. 25
Historiated initial
Inhabited initial

f. 25
Inhabited initial
 

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