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Detailed record for Arundel 204

Author Jacobus Angelus de Scarperia
Title Plutarchi Vita Cesaris
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1460
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Scribe Probably by Theodericus, who signed Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. Lat. 218, according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Artists Attributed to Gioacchino de Gigantibus, according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Decoration 1 large white vine initial, and full white vine border with birds, a rabbit, and two putti holding escutcheons (f. 1).
Dimensions in mm 180 x 105 (130 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 76 (+ 2 modern paper and 2 medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 ruled medieval parchment and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance Script probably by Theodericus, who signed Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. Lat. 218, with the decoration attributed to Gioacchino de Gigantibus, both according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
? Johann Pirckheimer (b. 1440, d. 1501), son of Hans Pirckheimer, Nuremberg patrician, jurist, diplomat, and humanist, and his wife Barbara, née Löffelholz: arms of Pirckheimer on the dexter side, and those of Löffelholz(?) on the sinister (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. 1v; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XIII.2.26’, 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. 56.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), p. 394 n. 78.

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), 129.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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White vine initial and border

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White vine initial and border
Detail: Border

f. 1
Detail: Border
Detail: Border

f. 1
Detail: Border
 

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