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Detailed record for Arundel 294

Title Book of Hours
Origin Netherlands, N. (Haarlem or Amsterdam?)
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Dutch
Script Gothic
Decoration 6 large puzzle initials in red and blue, with purple and red pen-flourishing, filled with green and yellow wash, at the beginning of the different texts (ff. 13, 51, 71, 93, 117, 136). Smaller initials (3-4 lines) in blue with red pen-flourishing, filled with green and yellow wash, for the subdivisions of the different texts. Small initials (1-2 lines) in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 150 x 105 (100 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 148 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house; yellow edges.
Provenance Unidentified owner, 15th century: the calendar with the added obit 'Item op sint bonifacies daech sters(?) obiit(?) gherrij dochter' (5 June; f. 6).
Lord William Howard (b. 1563, d. 1640), antiquary and landowner, the younger son of Thomas Howard (b. 1538, d. 1572), 4th duke of Norfolk: inscribed 'Harlemi 1632 virtutis Laus Actio. Arundell Surrey' (f. 1); bequeathed to his nephew, Thomas Howard.
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.
Notes Includes a calendar (ff. 1-12v); the Hours of the Virgin (ff. 13-50); the Hours of the Eternal Wisdom (ff. 51-70); the seven Hours of the Holy Cross (ff. 71-92); the seven Hours of the Holy Ghost (ff. 93-116); the Penitential Psalms and the Litany (ff. 117-135v); the Office of the Dead (ff. 136-148v), ends imperfect.
Offset of a pilgrim badge (f. 50v).
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. 87.

Karel Frans Idesbald de Flou and Edward Gaillard, Beschrijving van Middelnederlandsche en andere handschriften die in Engeland bewaard worden (Ghent, Siffer, 1895), no. 14.

Robert Priebsch, Deutsche Handschriften in England, 2 vols in 1 vol (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1979), (first publ. as 2 vols, Erlangen: Junge: 1896-1901), II: Das British Museum mit einem Anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek, p. 49 no. 71.

J. P. Gumbert, The Dutch and Their Books in the Manuscript Age, The Panizzi Lectures, 1989 (London: British Library, 1990), p. 86 n. 57.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Puzzle initial and border

f. 13
Puzzle initial and border
Detail: Puzzle initial

f. 13
Detail: Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial and border

f. 30
Puzzle initial and border
 
Text leaf

f. 35
Text leaf
Decorated initial

f. 35v
Decorated initial
Puzzle initial and border

f. 38
Puzzle initial and border
 
Puzzle initial and border

f. 71
Puzzle initial and border
Detail: Puzzle initial

f. 71
Detail: Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 77v
Puzzle initial
 
Puzzle initial and border

f. 93
Puzzle initial and border

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