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Detailed record for Harley 5347

Author Tectino
Title Life of Margaret of Antioch in verse (ff. 1-54); Latin prayer (ff. 55-56)
Origin Italy (possibly N., Bologna or Padua?)
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Italian, with a prayer in Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Miniatures in colours and gold of scenes from Margaret of Antioch's life and martyrdom: 2 full page (ff. 5, 31); 3 three-quarter page (ff. 26v, 29, 30); 12 half page (ff. 3, 4v, 10v, 14v, 16, 19v, 22v, 23, 44, 46v, 47, 48v); and 7 approximately one-third page (ff. 6, 7, 7v, 32, 34, 53, 53v). 1 large initial in colours and gold with foliate extensions and gold besants.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 105 (90 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 56 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 1 parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 4 unfoliated parchment and 2 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Mottled brown leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Charles Davis (bap. 1693, d. 1755), bookseller, an apprentice to the London bookseller Nathaniel Noel: sold to the Harleys on 29 October 1722 (see Diary 1966; 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 ‘29 die Octobris, A.D. 1722’ (f.[ii]).
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.
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Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5347.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 14.

Frederic Spencer, 'The Legend of St Margaret', Modern Language Notes 7 (1889), pp. 197-201 (p. 199).

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 169 n. 8.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 125.


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