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Detailed record for Harley 2750

Author Terence
Title Vita Terentii, Opera (Life and Works) with interlinear and marginal glosses
Origin Germany
Date 1st quarter of the 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Initials in red (oxidised). Capitals marked in red.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 200 (205 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 94 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1964. Covers of a previous binding of gold-tooled red leather are pasted inside the present ones.
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 On the rear flyleaf there is an annotation which is one of the earliest French vernacular songs with music, dating from the end of the 11th century.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2750.

B. Munk Olsen, L’Étude des auteurs classiques latins aux XIe et XIIe siècles, 3 vols (Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1982-1989), II (1985), p. 618, C. 46.

Jan M. Ziolkowsksi, Nota Bene: Reading Classics and Writing Melodies in the Early Middle Ages, Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin, 7 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 270, 284.


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