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Detailed record for Arundel 163

Author Xenophon (translated by Francisco Philelpho, to Paul II)
Title Cyropaedia
Origin Italy
Date c. 1480 - c. 1490 (after 1467)
Language Latin
Script Humanistic, with vertical catchwords
Scribe 'Pet I'
Decoration Large white vine initials, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the preface and of the books (ff. 1, 7, 38, 57v, 78, 99v, 127v, 147v, 172).
Dimensions in mm 325 x 220 (205 x 120)
Official foliation ff. 210 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 medieval paper and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation i-xxi8 (ff. 1-168), xxii6 (ff. 169-174), xxiii-xxiv8 (ff. 175-190), xxv6 (ff. 191-196), xxvi8 (ff. 197-204), xxvii8 (ff. 205-210, + 2 flyleaves after f. 210).
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The translation was finished in 1467.
Signed by the scribe 'Pet I excripsit' (f. 210).
Antonius Clava of Bruges, late 15th or early 16th century: inscribed 'Liber Antonij Clauae Brugensis' (f. 1).
Inscribed 'Z 157' (inside upper cover); similar inscriptions consisting of a 'Z' followed by a number are found in a significant number of manuscripts in the Arundel collection from the Cistercian abbey of Eberbach and the Carthusian abbey of Mainz.
? 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; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XV.6.10’, 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. 44.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), p. 17 no. 252.

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), pp. 124-25.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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White vine initial

f. 57v
White vine initial
Detail: White vine initial

f. 57v
Detail: White vine initial
White vine initial

f. 127v
White vine initial
 
Detail: White vine initial

f. 127v
Detail: White vine initial

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