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Detailed record for Harley 4796

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero, translated by Alonso de Cartagena
Title De officiis, De senectute, and Pro Marcello
Origin Spain, N.
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Spanish (Castilian)
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 7 historiated initials and partial bar borders with foliate extensions, in colours and gold, at major textual divisions (ff. 2, 7, 44, 66, 96, 99, 120). Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration and pen-flourishing, or in red with purple penwork decoration and pen-flourishing. Large intials alternately in blue or red, with pen-flourishing in red or purple (in one case, f.16v, red with blue). Paraphs in red.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 200 (185 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 127 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Numerous late medieval and early modern marginal annotations, in Spanish and Latin, and added texts and poems (ff. 126v-127).
Replacement text in Gothic script (f. 17).
16th-century ? inscription 'hic Liber est / Maiocenchari' (f.1).
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 f. 1 is a parchment leaf with numerous pen trials and inscriptions.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 4796.

Pascual de Gayangos, Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Spanish Language in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1875-1893), I, 10.

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. 180.

Alonso de Cartagena, Libros de Tulio: De senetute, De los ofiçios, ed. by María Morrás (Madrid: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 1996), pp. 106-108 ('MS H').

Charles B. Faulhaber and others, Bibliografía Española de Textos Antiguos [http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/PhiloBiblon/phhmbe.html], no. 2656.


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