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Detailed record for Harley 6159

Author William Smith
Title 'The Visitacion of Lancashire' (unfinished)
Origin England
Date 1598
Language English
Scribe William Smith
Decoration Title-page decorated with a coloured drawing of an armorial tree with the arms of Lancashire noble families centred around those of the duchy of Lancaster. Coloured drawing of a map of Lancashire (ff. 3*v-4). Numerous coats of arms in colours, often with crests.
Dimensions in mm 425 x 270 (n. a.)
Official foliation ff. 1*-4* + 94 (+ 4 paper flyleaves at the end).
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance William Smith (b. c. 1550, d. 1618), herald, playwright and topographer, c. 1575 citizen and Haberdasher of London, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant in 1597: written by him in 1598 following a visitation in 1467 (f. 2*), notes probably in his hand (f. 1*r-v).
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 f. 1* is a small inscribed piece of parchment.
The visitation was made in 1567, but transcribed and augmented in 1598 by William Smith (f. 2*).
Contains an alphabetical index of family names (ff. 1-2), pedigrees of Lancashire families illustrated with numerous coats of arms in colours, and an alphabetical table of matches at the end (ff. 92-93v).
Red wax seal of the Prestwich of Holme applied to f. 62.
Some pedigrees are not complete.
ff. 85v-91v and f. 94r-v are left blank.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 6159.

Thomas Moule, Bibliotheca heraldica Magnĉ Britanniĉ, an analytical catalogue of books on genealogy, heraldry, nobility, knighthood and ceremonies : with a list of provincial visitations, pedigrees, collections of arms, and other manuscripts; and a supplement, enumerating the principal foreign genealogical works (London: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Lepard, 1822), p. 583.

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. 307.

Ruby Reid Thompson, 'Francis Tregian the Younger as Music Copyist: A Legend and an Alternative View', Music & Letters, 82 (2001), 1-31 (p. 24 n. 103, and p. 25).


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Title page

f. 2*
Title page
Coloured drawing

ff. 3*v-4*
Coloured drawing
Coloured drawing

ff. 3*v-4*
Coloured drawing
 
Coloured drawing

f. 3v*-4*
Coloured drawing
Pedigree

f. 39
Pedigree
Pedigrees

f. 56
Pedigrees
 
Orrell pedigree

f. 61
Orrell pedigree

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