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Detailed record for Royal 12 C VIII

Part 1 ff. 1v-87v 
Author Pandolfo Collenuccio of Pesaro (d. 1504), Lucian
Title Collenuccio's Apologues (Agenoria, Misopenes, Alithia, and Bombarda) and Lucian's Dialogues (De raptu Europae, Galene et Panope, and De Paradis iudicio)
Origin Italy, Central (Rome and Florence)
Date c. 1509 - c. 1517
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Ludovico degli Arrighi
Artists Attavante degli Attavanti
Decoration Frontispiece with full border in colours and gold with putti and flowers, a historiated initial 'I'(n) with a portrait of Pandolfo Collenuccio, and the arms of Henry VIII in the lower margin, supported by angels (f. 4). Full border with Tudor roses in gold or red, framing the prologue (f. 3v). Miniature in colours of a putto holding aloft a panel with silver capitals on a blue ground (f. 65). 7 large historiated initials in colours and gold with partial borders (ff. 1v, 31, 59, 66, 72, 75, 76v). Text panels in colours and gold, with entwined roses in the corners at the beginning of the apologues (ff. 30v, 58v, 65v). Small initials in gold on coloured panels with the names of the protagonists of the dialogues (ff. 32-56v and ff. 72-87v).
Dimensions in mm 210 x 135 (120 x 75)
 
Part 2  
Origin England, Central (Oxford)
Date 1st quarter of the 17th century, before 1605
Decoration Chemise binding of crimson velvet with seed pearls and silver thread, adorned with the badge and motto of Henry Frederick (b. 1594, d. 1612), Prince of Wales, son of James VI of Scotland and I of England (although he was not formally created Prince of Wales until 1610). The manuscript was presented to him on 29 August 1605 at Magdalen College, Oxford.
 
Official foliation ff. 87 (+ 12 unfoliated paper and 4 parchment flyleaves at the beginning + 1 parchment + 2 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Binding of gold-tooled red leather probably made for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales (see provenance). Chemise binding with his badge and motto stored separately.
Provenance Written by Ludovico degli Arrighi (b. 1475, d. 1527), a scribe who worked in the papal chancery, Rome, and decorated by the Florentine illuminator Attavante degli Attavanti (b. 1452, d. c. 1525).
Geoffrey Chambers: the text is prefaced by a letter of dedication, in the hand of Ludovico degli Arrighi, from Geoffrey Chambers to King Henry VIII, offering the manuscript to him on his return from Italy (ff. 1v-3).
Henry VIII (b. 1491, d. 1547), king of England and Ireland (from 1509): his arms (f. 4); see above.
Nicholas Bond (b. 1540, d. 1608), President of Magdalen College, Oxford: inscribed, 'N. B. S. T. D. T. S. mnemosynon [in Greek characters] 96', (f. [xiii]) meaning, perhaps, 'Nicolai Bond sanctae theologiae doctoris tuae serenitati (or totiusque societatis?), the volume having been placed in a chemise binding and presented to Prince Henry at Magdalen College, Oxford, 29 August 1605' (see Warner and Gilson 1921).
Henry Frederick (b. 1594, d. 1612), Prince of Wales, son of James I: presented to him on 29 August 1605 at Magdalen College, Oxford; his badge and motto are embroidered on the chemise binding of crimson velvet with seed pearls and silver thread (although he was not formally created Prince of Wales until 1610).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes The pastedowns on the upper and lower covers are fragments of a 14th-century parchment manuscript of a text of scholastic theology, containing a discussion of the numerical plurality of angels.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, p. 25.

Jonathan J. G. Alexander and Albina C. de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts in the Library of Major J. R. Abbey (London: Faber and Faber, 1969), p. 162 n. 3.

Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasure from the British Library, ed. by Thomas Kren (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983), no. 17.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 202.

Michelle P. Brown, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (London, 1990), pl. 52.

Michael Gullick, Calligraphy (London: Studio Editions, 1990), pl. 24.

Henry VIII: A European Court in England, ed. by David Starkey (London: Collins & Brown, 1991), no. II.15 [exhibition catalogue].

Treasures of the British Library, ed. by Nicolas Barker and others (London: British Library, 2005), p. 28.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 113 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 18 September 2009


Images

Part  1   ff. 1v-87v
Pandolfo Collenuccio of Pesaro (d. 1504), Lucian Collenuccio's Apologues (Agenoria, Misopenes, Alithia, and Bombarda) and Lucian's Dialogues (De raptu Europae, Galene et Panope, and De Paradis iudicio)
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Embroidered chemise binding

Chemise binding
Embroidered chemise binding
Upper cover of the binding

binding
Upper cover of the binding
Decorated initial

f. 1v
Decorated initial
 
Decorated initial

f. 1v
Decorated initial
Border with entwined roses

f. 3v
Border with entwined roses
Frontispiece with the arms of Henry VIII

f. 4
Frontispiece with the arms of Henry VIII
 
Pandolfo Collenuccio

f. 4
Pandolfo Collenuccio
Arms of Henry VIII

f. 4
Arms of Henry VIII
Border

f. 4
Border
 
Frontispiece with the arms of Henry VIII

f. 4
Frontispiece with the arms of Henry VIII
Text panel with entwined roses

f. 30v
Text panel with entwined roses
Text page

f. 32
Text page
 
Text panel with entwined roses

f. 58v
Text panel with entwined roses
Putto

f. 65
Putto
Text panel with entwined roses

f. 65v
Text panel with entwined roses
 
Male figure

f. 66
Male figure
Male figure

f. 66
Male figure
Coloured capitals

f. 71v
Coloured capitals
 
Decorated initial

f. 72
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 75
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 76v
Decorated initial
 

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