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Detailed record for Harley 4385

Author Gilles de Rome, translated by Henri de Ganchy
Title Le gouvernement des roys et des princes (De regimine principum)
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c. 1410
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed to the circle of the Master of the Berry Apocalypse (see Meiss 1974), perhaps by himself.
Decoration 1 large miniature with a large decorated initial and full foliate borders, in colours and gold (f. 1). 10 small column-wide miniatures with large decorated initials and partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 2, 12, 40, 50v, 59v, 76v, 94, 108v, 120v, 149v). Large and small initials and line fillers in gold on red and blue grounds. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 220 (200 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 168 (+ 5 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Gold-tooled brown leather; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance Inscribed, 15th century: 'Will(e?)m' (f. 82).
Inscribed, 16th century: 'ANE I DURE' (f. 51), and marginal drawings of female heads and figures (ff. 81v, 127, 165v, 166, 168v).
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 '11 Septembris 1725.' (f. 5th flyleaf verso). 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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III, no. 4385.

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. 76, 99.

Millard Meiss, with Sharon Off Dunlap Smith and Elizabeth Home Beaton French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Limbourgs and Their Contemporaries, 2 vols (London: Thames and Hudson, 1974), I, p. 370.

Charles F. Briggs, Giles of Rome's De Regimine Principum: Reading and Writing Politics at Court and University, c. 1275-c. 1525 (Cambridge: University Press, 1999), p. 174.

Noëlle-Leatitia Perret, Les traductions française du De regimine principium de Gilles de Rome: Parcours matériel, culturel et intellectuel d'un discours sur l'éducation (Leiden: Brill, 2011), pp. 64, 94, 102, 107, 108, 118, 171, 351-52.


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Dedication

f. 1
Dedication
Man before king

f. 40
Man before king
King and his family

f. 59v
King and his family
 
Detail

f. 94
Detail
King and city

f. 108v
King and city

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