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Detailed record for Arundel 353

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero, and others
Title De amicitia (ff. 5-44), De senectute (ff. 45-69v), and others
Origin Italy
Date 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Decoration 5 large decorated initials, in colours (ff. 5, 45, 70, 80 [no decoration], 104). Small initials in plain red. Capital letters highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 135 (130 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 144 (ff. 1-4 are medieval paper flyleaves; + 1 blank medieval paper flyleaf after f. 2; + 1 modern paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance Willibald Pirckheimer (b. 1470, d. 1530), son of Johann Pirckheimer, Nuremberg patrician, diplomat, and humanist: glosses and inscriptions in his hand (see Holzberg 1981).
? 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. 5; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XI…(?)’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society 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. 105.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), pp. 392 n. 30, 394 n. 81.

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), 131.
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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