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Detailed record for Arundel 122

Author Vitruvius
Title De architectura
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1450 - c. 1465
Language Latin; spaces left for Greek words and passages
Script Humanistic
Scribe Attributed to Messer Piero Benedetto Strozzi (fl. c. 1443-c.1490) (see de la Mare 1985).
Artists Attributed to the so-called Fiesole Illuminator (according to unpublished notes by Tilly de la Mare, Oxford, Bodleian Library)
Decoration 3-sided white vine border, in colours and gold (f. 1). 11 large white vine initials, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the prologue and of the 10 books (ff. 1, 2, 16v, 33v, 49, 54, 63v, 81v, 95v, 108v, 123v, order of the books 4-6 reversed). Small initials in plain blue.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 180 (170 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 144 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 medieval parchment and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation i-xiv10 (ff. 1-140), xv4 (ff. 141-144).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Space for arms left blank (f. 1).
Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician: inscribed 'Siena 14 Junii 1614. Sto. No. T: Arundell' (f. 1).
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. 1v).
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. 29.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), p. 17 no. 251.

C. H. Krinsky, 'Seventy-Eight Vitruvius Manuscripts', The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 30 (1967), 36-70 (p. 49).

A. C. de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Minatura fiorentina del rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by A. Garzelli and A. C. de la Mare, Inventari e cataloghi toscani, 18-19, 2 vols ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, 395-421 (p. 531 no. 32)
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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White vine initial and three-sided border

f. 1
White vine initial and three-sided border
Detail: White vine initial

f. 1
Detail: White vine initial
Detail: Border

f. 1
Detail: Border
 
Coloured initials

f. 1v
Coloured initials
White vine initial

f. 81v
White vine initial
Detail: White vine initial

f. 81v
Detail: White vine initial
 

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