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Detailed record for Harley 3999

Author Jean de Meung, attrib. (ff. 1-24), Pierre de Nesson (ff. 25-65v)
Title Le trésor (ff. 1-24), Les vigiles des morts (ff. 25-65v), Sentier de Paradis (ff. 66-66v), Sensuyt ung petit traicte pour sadresser a dieu le cuer desuoye (ff. 67-77), etc.
Origin France, N.
Date c. 1430 - c. 1450
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 4 large miniatures with large decorated or historiated initials and full foliate borders including small figures and scenes, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 13v, 21, 25). 4 large miniatures at the end of predeeding texts with large decorated or historiated initials on the following page, with full foliate borders including small figures and scenes, in colours and gold (ff. 5v, 6v,15v, 18v). 1 large historiated initial with full foliate borders including small figures, in colours and gold (f. 67). Small initials in gold on red and blue grounds with foliate extensions into the margins. Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 215 x 150 (120 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 81 (+ 1 original leaf after f. 24 and 2 after f. 66; + 4 paper and 2 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment and 4 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Gold-tooled brown leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Unidentified owner, late 15th century: arms (ff. 5v, 15v, 25).
Erased inscriptions (f. 81v).
Louis Dovigny?, 15th/16th century: inscribed 'Ex libris Ludovici Dovigny(?)' (6th flyleaf verso, erased).
Nicholas Joseph Foucault (b. 1643, d. 1721), marquis de Magny, statesman and archaeologist: his book-plate with the legend 'EX BIBLIOTHECA | NICOLAI JOSEPH FOUCAULT | COMITIS CONSISTORIANI' with his arms [sable] a lion rampant, dexter, crowned [argent], as supporters two lions [argent]; a couronne de marquis surmounting the shield (5th flyleaf verso).
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808) , no. 3999.

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. 18.


Images
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Nativity

f. 5v
Nativity
Baptism of Christ

f. 6v
Baptism of Christ
Baptism of Christ

f. 6v
Baptism of Christ
 
Resurrection

f. 15v
Resurrection
Hell

f. 21
Hell
Raising of Lazarus

f. 25
Raising of Lazarus
 
Raising of Lazarus

f. 25
Raising of Lazarus
Kneeling man

f. 67
Kneeling man

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