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Detailed record for Arundel 16

Author Osbern
Title Epistola de vita S. Dunstani; Life of St Dunstan
Origin England, S. E. (Canterbury)
Date last quarter of the 11th century or 1st quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 2 historiated initials in colours (ff. 1, 2). Small simple initials in red, green, or blue.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 155 (190 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 45 (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves)
Collation i-iv8 (ff. 1-32), the remainder uncertain, with later insertions (ff. 33-45).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The Benedictine cathedral priory of Christ Church, Canterbury (see f. 2; Gameson 1999 p. 94).
Dover Priory, by 14th century: inscribed with its press mark 'D VII' and title (f. 2); included in the 1389 catalogue.
John Joscelin [Joscelyn] (b. 1529, d. 1603), Old English scholar and Church of England clergyman, Archbishop Parker's secretary (with his annotations and supplements; see Tite, 1992, p. 117).
? Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (b. 1571, d. 1631), 1st baronet, antiquary and politician: erased signature 'R[ ]on' (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.
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. 1).
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 I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 4.

Thomas Boase, English Art 1100-1216 , The Oxford History of English Art, 8 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1953), p. 42, pl. 10a.

C. R. Dodwell, The Canterbury School of Illumination 1066-1200 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954), pp. 48 n. 1, 120.

T. S. R. Boase, English Art 1100-1216, Oxford History of English Art, 2 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), p. 42, pl. 10a.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 35.

C. M. Kauffmann, Romanesque Manuscripts 1066-1190 , Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 3 (London: Harvey Miller, 1975), no. 7, pl. 12 [with further bibliography].

Colin G. C. Tite, ''Lost or Stolen or Strayed': A Survey of Manuscripts Formerly in the Cotton Library', British Library Journal, 18 (1992), 107-147 (p. 117).

M. Budny and T. Graham, 'Dunstan as Hagiographical Subject or Osbern as Author? The Scribal Portrait in an Early Copy of Osbern's Vita Sancti Dunstani', Gesta, 33 (1993), 83-96.

Richard Gameson, 'English Manuscript Art in the Late Eleventh Century: Canterbury and its Context', in Canterbury and the Norman Conquest: Churches, Saints and Scholars, 1066-1109, ed. by Richard Eales and Richard Sharpe (London: Hambledon Press, 1995), pp. 95-144 (pp. 118, 136, 142).

Richard Gameson, The Manuscripts of Early Norman England (c. 1066-1130) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999) p. 94 no. 355.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001) no. 303.

Asa Simon Mittman, Maps and Monsters in Medieval England (New York: Routledge, 2006), pls. 9.1, 9.2.


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Angel

f. 1
Angel
Detail

f. 1
Detail
Osberanus

f. 2
Osberanus
 
Scribe

f. 2
Scribe
Inscription

f. 2
Inscription
Decorated initial

f. 30v
Decorated initial
 
Decorated initial

f. 30v
Decorated initial

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