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Detailed record for Arundel 124

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title De oratore (ff. 1-88); De senectute (ff. 89-101); De amicitia (ff. 101v-116v); De optimo genere oratorum (ff. 116v-118v)
Origin Italy, N. (Veneto?, Bologna?)
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive and gothic cursive, by several scribes
Decoration 1 full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 1). 1 partial foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 89). Large foliate initials, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 26v, 64, 89). 2 large initials in blue with red penwork or in red with blue penwork (ff. 101v, 116v). Small initials in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 180 (190 x 120)
Official foliation ff. 119 (+ 1 modern paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end, + 2 unfoliated ruled parchment leaves after f. 88)
Collation i-viii10 (ff. 1-80), ix10 (ff. 81-88, + 2 unfoliated blank leaves); x-xii10 (ff. 89-118).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Unidentified arms (f. 1).
Text annotated by several humanistic hands.
Unidentified owner: inscription in Hebrew (f. 119v).
Johann Pirckheimer (b. 1440, d. 1501), son of Hans Pirckheimer, Nuremberg patrician, jurist, diplomat, and humanist: inscribed 'Johannis Pirckheymer utriusque Juris doctoris et amicorum' (f. 119v).
Erased ownership inscription in Italian, between 1499 and 1499 (f. 119v).
? Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician.
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. 30.

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Antenore, 1975), p. 361 n. 1.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), pp. 40, 394 n. 81.

M. D. Reeve, 'Cicero', in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, ed. by L. D. Reynolds (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), p. 102 n. 12.

Monika Fink-Lang, Untersuchungen zum Eichstätter Geistesleben im Zeitalter des Humanismus, Eichstätter Beiträge, 14 (Regensburg: Pustet, 1985), p. 296, 325.

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; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 124.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Foliate initial and full border

f. 1
Foliate initial and full border
Detail: Foliate initial

f. 1
Detail: Foliate initial
Detail: Border

f. 1
Detail: Border
 
Foliate initial and partial border

f. 89
Foliate initial and partial border
Detail

f. 89
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