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Detailed record for Arundel 34

Title St Albans register of properties
Origin England, S. (St Albans?)
Date between 1506 and c. 1539
Language Latin
Script Gothic (titles); Gothic cursive
Decoration Large brown ink initials with intricate penwork decoration, many including patterns, flowers or foliage, crowns, some with faces. Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 190 (190 x 120)
Official foliation ff. 90, with unfoliated flyleaves
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St Albans after 1506 and before 1539 when it was dissolved: documentation on ff. 34v-35 is dated 'H.VII.22'; inscriptions: 'Registrum de diversis terris et tenementis adquisitis per Magistrum Johannnem Whethamstede et Dominum Thomam Ramryge Abbates exempti Monasterii Sancti Albani', and '. . . a domino Thomas: Ramryge: abbas: monasterii: Sancti: Albani R. Blakene[s?]' (f. 1) (Ramryge was abbot 1492-1521).
English 16th-century inscription 'By me Thomas marles [his?] bocke witnes by Edward Stretcham by Robarte hatene(?), Thomas bankes, and by all these witnesses . . .' (f. 90v).
? 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 together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Select bibliography William Dugdale, Monastasticon Anglicanum: A History of the Abbies and Othe Monasteries, Hospitals, Frieries, and Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, with their dependencies, in England and Wales, 6 vols (London: Longman, 1817-1830), II (1819), p. 210, no. 8.

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. 34.

D. R. Howlett, 'A St Albans Historical Miscellany of the Fifteenth Century', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 69 (1974), 195-200 (p. 200 n. 13).

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), 124.


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