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Detailed record for Harley 2939

Author Various authors including Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux , Hugh of Saint-Victor
Title Rule of St Augustine (ff. 20v-26), sermon of Bernard of Clairvaux (ff. 26-28), Martyrologium (ff. 29-130), Expositio in Regulam S. Augustini (ff. 131-142v), imperfect
Origin Netherlands, N. (Gouda)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Numerous initials with reserved designs or puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in the same colours (including flowers; occasionally with green wash) sometimes extending into the margins to form a partial border (ff. 21, 26, 29, 31, 131). Numerous initials in blue or red with with pen-flourishing in the other colour, often with green wash. Coloured initials in blue or red. Paraphs in red or blue. Capitals marked with red.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 135 (140 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 142 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 1 unfoliated parchment leaf and a blank parchment fragment after f. 130 + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance The Augustinian convent of St Margaret, Gouda (Holland), 15th century: numerous added entries in the calendar (ff. 1-20v).
Added entries in the martyrologium for saint Theobald in May, 'Johannis Anglicani' in October, Jerome, ?presentation of the Virgin, 15th century (ff. 67, 109, 113v, 120).
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 Beginning with a calendar including numerous added entries (ff. 1-20v).
f. 28v is blank.
Missing the end of Hugh of Saint-Victor's Expositio in Regulam S. Augustini.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2939.

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