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Detailed record for Harley 7403

Title Various religious texts, some in verse
Origin France, S.
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin and French (Provençal or Occitan)
Script Gothic
Decoration Numerous large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing, in red with purple pen-flourishing, or in red and blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraphs in red or blue. Simple full bar border in red and blue (f. 111).
Dimensions in mm 240 x 145 (170 x 80/100)
Official foliation ff. 133 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house; marbled endpapers.
Provenance 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 Unfoliated ruled leaf after f. 48.
f. 110 is a ruled leaf with various insciptions in a post-medival hand.
f. 133 is a ruled leaf inscribed on the verso: 'A poem on divine subjects written in old French provencal'.
Horizontal catchwords.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 7403.

Hermann Suchier, Denkmäler Provenzalischer Literatur und Sprache (Halle: Niemeyer, 1883), p. 484.

Clovis Brunel, Bibliographie des manuscrits littéraires en ancien provençal, Société de publications romanes et françaises, 13 (Paris: Librairie E. Droz, 1935), no..21.

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