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Detailed record for Harley 6298

Author Various
Title Latin Poems
Origin England
Date Lat quarter of the 14th century or 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Three-sided bar border in colours and gold with foliate motifs, a dragon, and a large illuminated initial (f. 1). Partial border in colours and gold with foliate motifs and a large illuminated initial (f. 20v). 1 large initial in colours and gold with foliate motifs (f. 21) Blue initials with red penwork decoration and red initials with grey penwork decoration, some with faces in the bowls. Rubrics in red. Capitals marked in red.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 145 (150 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 99 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance John Somers (b. 1651, d. 1716), baron Somers, lawyer and politician: inscribed by Edward Harley, 'Janu: 6. 1738/9 from Ld Somers' (f. 1).
Pressmark, '9.T.16' (with the 'T' crossed out) (f. [1]).
Inscribed, 'Noel 27' (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 Contains the Latin version of the Lamentationes of Matheolus of Boulogne, later translated into French by Jean le Fevre.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 6298.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 309.


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