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Detailed record for Harley 5792

Part 1 ff. 1v-272 
Author Pseudo-Cyril
Title Greek-Latin Glossary, followed by other glossarial texts (ff. 241-272)
Origin Italy
Date 8th century, after 730
Language Latin and Greek
Script Uncial
Decoration Large decorated initial (f. 1v). Decorated lines divide the alphabetical sections of the glossary (ff. 1v-240v).
Dimensions in mm 295 x 210 (250/255 x 160/165), double columns
Part 2 ff. 273-276v 
Title Collection of medical recipes
Origin Italy
Date 2nd half of the 8th century
Language Latin
Script Uncial
Decoration Large decorated initials (ff. 273-276).
Dimensions in mm 295 x 210 (250/255 x 180/190)
Official foliation ff. 278 (f. 277 is the original lower flyleaf; f. 278 is an early modern paper lower flyleaf; + 2 unfoliated early modern paper flyleaves at the beginnning and 1 at the end).
Collation Mostly in quires of 8, with quire signatures in the lower margin of the last verso of each gathering.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gilt-tooled red morocco, attributable to Christopher Chapman (see Nixon 1975).
Provenance Nicholas of Cues (b. 1401, d. 1464), bishop of St. Brixen in Tyrol in 1450, cardinal in 1449, founder of the hospital of St Nicholas at Cues on the Mosel: left his entire library to the hospital in his last will dated 6 August 1464: inscribed, 'Nicolaj de Cusa' (f. 1).
The Hospital of St Nicholas, Cues, on the Moselle: inscribed, 'Iste liber pertinet ad hospitale sancti Nicolai et circa / villam cusa in opposito Bernkastel situatum' (f. 1).
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie: purchased by Edward Harley on 18 January 1723/4 (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, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley, ‘18 die mensis Januarij, A.D. 1723/4’ (f. 1; see Wright and Wright 1966).
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 A Caroline alphabet on f. 40.
Texts in triple columns on ff. 260-272.
Pen-trials by contemporary and later hands (ff. 272v, 277).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5792.

[E. Maunde Thompson and G. F. Warner], Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1881-1884), Part I: Greek (1881), pp. 10-13, pl. 13, Part II: Latin (1884), pp. 76-77, pl. 4.

The Palaeographic Society: Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Second series, ed. by Edward Augustus Bond, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner (London: Cloves and Sons, 1884-1894), I, pl. 25.

Remigio Sabbadini, ‘Niccolò da Cusa e i conciliari di Basilea alla scoperta dei codici’, Rendiconti della Reale Accademia dei Lincei. Classe di Scienze morali, storiche e filologiche, 5th series, 20 (1911), 1-40 (p. 39).

Paul Lehmann, Mitteilungen aus Handschriften, 2, Sitzungsberichte der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-historische Abteilung, 2 (Munich: Verlag der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften,1930), pp. 3-55 (p. 27).

Codices Latini Antiquiores, ed. by Elias A. Lowe, 11 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934-1966), II: Great Britain and Ireland (1935), no. 203.

Berthold L. Ullman, 'Manuscripts of Nicholas of Cues,' Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval Studies, 13 (1938), 194-97 (p. 196); reprinted in Studies in the Italian Renaissance, Storia e letteratura, 51 (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e letteratura, 1955), pp. 357-63 (p. 362).

Giovanni Mantese, 'Ein notarielles Inventar von Büchern und Wertgegenständen aus dem Nachlass des Nikolaus von Kues', Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellschaft, 2 (1962), 86-116 (p. 102 n. 108).

Rolf Winau, 'Medizinische Handschriften aus dem Besitz des Nikolaus von Kues im British Museum', Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellschaft, 5 (1965), 137-61 (pp. 158-61).

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), II: 1723-1726, p. 253 and n. 6.

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. 120, 121, 254, 462.

Howard M. Nixon, 'Harleian Bindings', in Studies in the Book Trade in Honour of Graham Pollard, Bibliographical Society Publications, n.s., 18 (Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1975), pp. 153-94 (p. 181).

Walter Berschin, Griechisch-lateinisches Mittelalter, von Hieronymus zu Nikolaus von Kues (Berne: Francke, 1980), pp. 43, 169, 315.

Hermann J. Hallauer, 'Habent sua fata libelli: Von der Mosel zur Themse: Handschriften des St. Nikolaus-Hospitals in der Bibliotheca Harleiana', Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellshaft, 17 (1986), 21-56 (pp. 36 n. 115, 44 no. 46).

Anna Carlotta Dionisotti, 'Greek Grammars and Dictionaries in Carolingian Europe', in The Sacred Nectar of the Greeks: The Study of Greek in the West in the Early Middle Ages, ed. by. Michael W. Herren and Shirley A. Brown, King’s College London Medieval Studies, 2 (London: University of London King's College, 1988), pp. 1-57 (pp. 12, 16, 56).

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries, 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 152.

Sigrid Krämer and Michael Bernhard, Handscriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, ed. by Bernard Bischoff, Supplement 1, 3 vols (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), I: Aachen-Kochel, p. 159.

Bernhard Bischoff, Manuscripts and Libraries in the Age of Charlemagne, trans. and ed. by Michael Gorman, Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology, 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), p. 54.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999-), I, pp. 194-95.

Catalogued for the Harley Medical Manuscripts Project
[], accessed 7 January 2009.


Part  1   ff. 1v-272
Pseudo-Cyril Greek-Latin Glossary, followed by other glossarial texts (ff. 241-272)
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f. 241
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Part  2   ff. 273-276v
Collection of medical recipes
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Title in display capitals

f. 273
Title in display capitals

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