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Detailed record for Arundel 115

Author Rhasis
Title Liber Almansoris (ff. 3-74) and other medical texts
Origin France, S. (Avignon or Toulouse)
Date 1327
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 17 large puzzle initials in red and blue with purple and red pen-flourishing, and extensions decorated in red and blue into the margins (ff. 3, 10, 13v, 22, 28, 34, 37, 43, 49, 62v, 74v, 99v, 108v, 110, 116v, 125, 134v). Small initials (2 lines) in red with purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials (1 line) in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 200 (210 x 135) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 146 (+ 1 modern paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex.
Binding BL/BM in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance Dated 1327: 'Explicit liber rasys. Completus Anno d(omi)ni mo. Ccco. Xxvijo. Iio die may' (f. 134v).
The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Eberbach (today Erbach near Eltville, diocese of Mainz), 15th century: inscribed 'Liber b(ea)te ma(r)ie virginis in Ebirbaco' (ff. 2, 2v, 144v), and mentioned in the catalogue of the library of 1502 as 'P 15' (see Palmer 1998, p. 249).
Added lunar tables for 1352-1359 (ff. 1-2v, 145-146v).
Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician: purchased in 1636 in Germany, with other manuscripts confiscated from religious houses during the 30 years war.
Henry Howard (b. 1628, d. 1684), 6th duke of Norfolk, presented to the Royal Society in 1667.
The Royal Society, London (its ink stamp: 'Soc. Reg. Lond / ex dono HENR. HOWARD / Norfolciensis.', f. 3; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XIV.7.18’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part 1: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 28.

The Palaeographic Society: Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Second series, ed. by Edward Augustus Bond, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner, (London: Cloves and Sons, 1884-1894), II, pl. 115 (bound as 32).

[C. H. Talbot], 'Cistercian Manuscripts in England', Collectanea Ordinis Coisterciensium Reformatorum, 14 (1952), 208-12, 264-77 (p. 267).

Lynn Thorndike, 'Latin Manuscripts of Works by Rasis at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris', Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 32 (1958), 54-67 (p. 63).

P. Ambrosius Schneider, 'Deutsche und französische Cistercienser-Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken', Cistercienserchronik, 61/62 (1962), 43-54 (p. 52 no. 56).

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 443, II, pl. 206.

Sigrid Krämer, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, 3 vols, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, Supplement 1, ed. by Bernhard Bischoff (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), I, 175.

Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: Die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der in Oxford und London aufbewahrten Handschriften (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 1998), pp. 249, 282.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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