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Detailed record for Harley 6523

Title Textus Roffensis (ff. 1-56) and Interrogationes Sigewoulfi Presbiteri (ff. 57-61) (modern facisimile)
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 18th century
Language English
Script Minuscule
Scribe Elizabeth Elstob
Decoration Large initials in red or green, a few in yellow or purple. Smaller initials in red, green or purple. Rubrics in red. Capitals marked in red.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 170 (185 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 61 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 1 parchment and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1968.
Provenance Written by Elizabeth Elstob (b. 1683, d. 1756), Anglo-Saxon scholar (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.
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 6523.

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. 144-45.


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