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Detailed record for Harley 5966

Part 1 ff. 44r-v 
Title Fragment from a medical text, on parchment, containing part of Gariopontus of Salerno’s Passionarius, Book 2, the 2nd half of chapter LVIII "De tumore iecoris," through the first 1/3 of the Cura for chapter LIX "De scleria hepatis". The green initial "C" from (probably) ch. LXI "Collectio hepatis" or (the cura) "Cataplasmentur ex lini" is visible through the page.
Origin England or France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Initials in green or red with penwork decoration in red or green. Rubrics in red. The red oxidised.
Dimensions in mm 180 x 135 (more than 180 x 125) in two columns
 
Part 2 ff. 45r-v 
Title Fragment from an astrological text, on parchment
Origin Germany
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initial in blue (f. 45v). Rubric in red.
Dimensions in mm 150 x 100 (c. 135 x 80)
 
Part 3 ff. 46r-v 
Title Fragment of a leaf with the text of the Psalms, on parchment
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initial 'C'(onfitebor) in gold with penwork decoration in red and blue (f. 46). Initial in red with penwork decoration in green. Initials and rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 135 x 90 (120 x 80)
 
Part 4 ff. 47r-v 
Title Fragment of a leaf with Psalm 68, on parchment
Origin England
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initial in colours and gold with foliate decoration extending into the margin (f. 47). Small initials in red and blue. Paraphs in red.
Dimensions in mm 100 x 95 (65 mm wide)
 
Part 5 ff. 48r-v 
Title Fragment from a canon law text (?), with glosses, on parchment
Origin France, S.
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initial in colours and gold with foliate decoration including hybrid creatures (f. 48). Initials in red or blue with penwork decoration in blue or red. Paraphs in red.
Dimensions in mm 135 x 100
 
Part 6 ff. 49r-v 
Title Leaf from a Bible, Maccabees, Book 2, on parchment
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initial in colours and gold with foliate decoration (f. 49). Initial, rubric and running title in blue and red.
Dimensions in mm 125 x 85 (100 x 65) in two columns
 
Part 7 ff. 50r-v 
Title Cutting of an initial of the Presentation to the Temple, on parchment. Probably from a Missal
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Historiated initial in red, blue and ink of the Presentation to the Temple, unfinished ? (f. 50). Musical notation: square notation, Netherlands, first half of the 15th century.
Dimensions in mm 50 x 60
 
Part 8 ff. 51r-v 
Title Fragment from a Book of Hours, on parchment
Origin France or Netherlands, S.
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Initial in red and gold and line-filler in red and blue (f. 51). Rubrics in purple.
Dimensions in mm 85 x 85
 
Part 9 ff. 52r-v 
Author Justinian
Title Cutting of an initial from a Digest or Pandects , 'Infortiatum', Book 37, on parchment
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initial 'B(onorum)' historiated with two men, with foliate decoration, in colours and gold (f. 52). Rubric in red.
Dimensions in mm 95 x 80 (75 mm wide)
 
Part 10 ff. 53r-v 
Title Leaf from a Bible, Maccabees, on parchment
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Initials in blue with penwork decoration in red. Rubrics and running titles in red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 165 x 115 (130 x 85) in two columns
 
Part 11 ff. 54r-v 
Title Leaf from a Book of Hours (the 'Hours of Louis XII', or 'Hours of Henry VII'), including text from the abbreviated Psalter, on parchment.
Origin France, Central (Tours)
Date c. 1498-1499
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Jean Bourdichon
Decoration Initials in colours and gold decorated with berries or flowers. Line-fillers in colours and gold, two in the form of branches.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 90 (130 x 80)
 
Official foliation ff. 19, foliated '36-54' (+ one unfoliated modern paper cover leaf at the beginning)
Form Parchment and paper leaves and fragments mounted on guards.
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1967.
Provenance John Bagford (b. 1650/51, d. 1716), bookseller and antiquary: part of the Bagford fragments sold to Edward Harley after his death.
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.
Inscribed 'Bagford Collection, Harl. 5966, 19 MS. fragments taken from Harly 5966 for the Department of MSS.' (initial cover leaf).
Notes The volume is a collection of fragments from manuscripts of different date and origin. The volume was part of a collection of fragments from manuscripts and printed books, including maps and drawings, assembled in 64 volumes by the bookseller and antiquary John Bagford (b. 1650/51, d. 1716). During the 19th century, the drawings and printed book fragments from the volume were transferred to the Print Room and the Department of Printed Books in the British Museum.
The volume is bound together with other volumes from the Bagford's collection, nominally Harley 5934, 5938, 5941, 5949, 5959 and 5978, and continuously foliated.
Part 1 contains the 2nd half of chapter LVIII "De tumore iecoris," to the first 1/3 of the Cura for chapter LIX "De scleria hepatis". The green initial "C" from (probably) ch. LXI "Collectio hepatis" or (the cura) "Cataplasmentur ex lini" is visible through the page (see image f. 44).
Other fragments include a 16th- or 17th-century pen sketch of an initial with zoomorphic features (f. 36); ff. 37-43 are undecorated.
Musical notation: square notation on four-line brown staves, Netherlands, 14th century (f. 50v).
ff. 54r-v [part 11]: the most substantial group of fragments from the 'Hours of Louis XII' or 'Hours of Henry VII' is now Royal 2 D XL.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), 5961-5974.

Cyril E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1723-1726, p. 440.

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. 59, 457.

Janet Backhouse, 'Bourdichon's 'Hours of Henry VII', British Library Quarterly, 38 (1973), 95-102 [f. 54, part 11].

Milton McC. Gatch, 'John Bagford as a Collector and Disseminator of Manuscript Fragments', The Library, Sixth Series, 7 (1985), 95-114 [p. 111].

A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII, ed. by Thomas Kren and Mark Evans with essays by Janet Backhouse, Thomas Kern, Nancy Turner and Mark Evans (Los Angeles: J. Paul getty Museum, 2005), pp. 82, 94 [f. 54, part 11].

Florence Eliza Glaze, 'Galen Refashioned: Gariopontus of Salerno’s Passionarius in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance', in Textual Healing, Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine, ed. by Elizabeth Lane Furdell (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005), pp. 53-77, [on the text]..

Florence Eliza Glaze, 'Gariopontus and the Salernitans: Textual Traditions in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries', in La ‘Collectio Salernitana’ di Salvatore De Renzi, ed. by Danielle Jacquart and Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (Firenze: Sismel Galluzzo, 2009), pp. 149-90, [on the text].

Florence Eliza Glaze, 'Prolegomena: Scholastic Openings to Gariopontus of Salerno’s Passionarius', in Between Text & Patient: the Medical Enterprise in Medieval & Early Modern Europe, ed. by Florence Eliza Glaze & Brian K. Nance (Firenze: Sismel Galluzzo, March 2011), pp. 57-86 [on the text].


Images

Part  1   ff. 44r-v
Fragment from a medical text, on parchment, containing part of Gariopontus of Salerno’s Passionarius, Book 2, the 2nd half of chapter LVIII "De tumore iecoris," through the first 1/3 of the Cura for chapter LIX "De scleria hepatis". The green initial "C" from (probably) ch. LXI "Collectio hepatis" or (the cura) "Cataplasmentur ex lini" is visible through the page.
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Decorated initials

f. 44
Decorated initials

Part  3   ff. 46r-v
Fragment of a leaf with the text of the Psalms, on parchment
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Illuminated initial

f. 46
Illuminated initial

Part  4   ff. 47r-v
Fragment of a leaf with Psalm 68, on parchment
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Illuminated initial

f. 47
Illuminated initial

Part  5   ff. 48r-v
Fragment from a canon law text (?), with glosses, on parchment
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Illuminated initial

f. 48
Illuminated initial

Part  6   ff. 49r-v
Leaf from a Bible, Maccabees, Book 2, on parchment
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Illuminated initial

f. 49
Illuminated initial

Part  7   ff. 50r-v
Cutting of an initial of the Presentation to the Temple, on parchment. Probably from a Missal
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Presentation to the Temple

f. 50
Presentation to the Temple

Part  8   ff. 51r-v
Fragment from a Book of Hours, on parchment
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Illuminated initial

f. 51
Illuminated initial

Part  9   ff. 52r-v
Justinian Cutting of an initial from a Digest or Pandects , 'Infortiatum', Book 37, on parchment
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Historiated initial

f. 52
Historiated initial

Part  10   ff. 53r-v
Leaf from a Bible, Maccabees, on parchment
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Coloured initials

f. 53
Coloured initials

Part  11   ff. 54r-v
Leaf from a Book of Hours (the 'Hours of Louis XII', or 'Hours of Henry VII'), including text from the abbreviated Psalter, on parchment.
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Illuminated initials

f. 54
Illuminated initials

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