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Detailed record for Harley 7182

Author Ptolemy , translated by Emanuel Chrysoloras and Jacobus Angelus
Title Geography with twenty-seven maps
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Artists Attributed to Francesco di Antonio del Chierico
Decoration 28 maps in blue, red and gold (ff. 58v-59, 60v-61, 62v-63, 64, 65, 66v-67, 68v-69, 70v, 71, 72v-73, 74v-75, 76v-77, 78v-79, 80v-81, 82v-83, 84v-85, 86v-87, 88v-89, 90v-91, 92v-93, 94v-95, 96v-97, 98v-99, 100, 101, 101v-103, 104v-105, 106). Added sketch of an elephant with a French inscription and an unidentified coat of arms (on a separate bifolia) (f. [i verso]). 4 diagrams outlining geographical principles (ff. 8v, 9 x 2, 9v). Three-sided white vine border in colours and gold, a large historiated initial and two putti supporting a wreath designed for a coat of arms (f. 1). Partial white vine border in colours and gold with a large historiated initial (f. 2). 6 large white vine initials in colours and gold (ff. 10, 19v, 29v, 37, 46v, 53). 53 smaller white vine in initials in colours (ff. 2, 2v, 3 x 3, 3v, 4, 2 x 4v, 5, 5v, 2 x 6, 2 x 6v, 2 x 7, 2 x 7v, 2 x 8, 8v, 9, 57, 57v, 58, 59v, 60, 61v, 63v, 64v, 65v, 67v, 69v, 71v, 73v, 75v, 77v, 79v, 81v, 83v, 85v, 87v, 89v, 91v, 93v, 95v, 97v, 99v, 100v, 101v, 103v, 105v). Plain initials in blue. Decorative headpieces above the tabulae. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 570 x 420 (420 x 300)
Official foliation ff. ii + 107 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Arms of a cardinal, erased (f. [i verso].
Added sketch of an elephant with a French inscription (f. [i verso].
Shelfmark: 'No. 6' (f. 2).
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 Horizontal catchwords.
This scribe also wrote two other manuscripts: see de la Mare 1985.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 7182.

Catalogue of Manuscript Maps, Charts and Plans, and of the Topographical Drawings in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1844-1861), I, pp. 6-8.

J. A. J. de Villiers, 'Famous Maps in the British Museum', The Geographical Journal (August 1914), 168-88 (pp. 169, 183).

Joseph Fischer, Claudii Ptolemaei Geographiae Codex Urbinas Graecus 82, Codices e Vaticanis selecti, 19, 3 vols (Leyden: Brill, 1932), I, 214, 328, 331, 335, 386, 410; II, pl. L 11.

Peter Barber, ‘The Manuscript Legacy: Maps in the Department of Manuscripts’, The Map Collector, 28 (1984), 18-24 (p. 19, n.10).

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli, 2 vols, ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, pp. 395-574 (p. 548); II, pl. 381.


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Presentation of the text

f. 1
Presentation of the text
Ptolemy

f. 2
Ptolemy
Map of the world

ff. 58v-59
Map of the world
 
Map of the world

ff. 58v-59
Map of the world
Map of Ireland, Britain, France, and Germany

ff. 60v-61
Map of Ireland, Britain, France, and Germany
British Isles

f. 60v
British Isles
 
Scotland, Belgium and Germany

f. 61
Scotland, Belgium and Germany
France

f. 64
France
Map of northern Europe

f. 65
Map of northern Europe
 
Italy

ff. 68v-69
Italy
Sardinia

f. 70v
Sardinia
Sicily

f. 71
Sicily
 
North Africa

ff. 84v-85
North Africa
North Africa

f. 85
North Africa
Lesbos

f. 86
Lesbos
 
Map of the Middle East and Cyprus

f. 92v
Map of the Middle East and Cyprus

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