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Detailed record for Arundel 356

Author Hermann of Reichenau and others
Title Various lunar and astronomical tables and tracts, including Computus, a calendar and diagrams
Origin Germany
Date 2nd half of the 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration 4 large foliate initials in gold, silver, and colours, tarnished (ff. 11, 12, 28, 38). Large red initials with green penwork decoration (ff. 1-6v). Small simple initials in red. Diagrams, some with micro-architectural details in red (ff. 41-42v).
Dimensions in mm 180 x 105 (145 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 46 (+ unfoliated paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance 14th-century addition of a table (f. 48v).
Inscribed '93' (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. 2); its book-plate with the pencil inscription ‘XIII.9.34’ (inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Added two notated songs ‘As habet uncias duodecim’ (f. 45) and ‘Calcus et dimidius fit filiqua’ (f. 45v).

Musical notation: neumes on staff [C and F clefs, F red staff-line (lines 1-3, f. 45)] and F and C black staff-lines to compensate the show-through (lines 1-6, f. 45v), Germany, beginning of the 12th century (f. 45-45v). German torculus used as signpost for marginal gloss (f. 43v).
Select bibliography 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, pp. 105-06.

Charles W. Jones, Bedae Pseudepigrapha: Scientific Writings Falsely Attributed to Bede (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1939), pp. 60, 120.

Herbert Thoma, ‘Altdeutsches aus Londer Hss’, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutscher Sprache und Literatur, 73 (1951), 197-271 (pp. 242-43).

Charles Homer Haskins, Studies in the History of Mediaeval Science, 2nd ed. (New York: Ungar, 1960), p. 53 n. 55.

Augustus Hughes-Hughes, Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1906-1909), II (1966), 464.

Arno Borst, 'Ein Forschungsbericht Hermanns des Lahmen', Deutsches Institut fu¨r Erforschung des Mittelalters, 40 (1984), 379-477 (pp. 427 n. 113, 437 n. 143).


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Illuminated initial

f. 28
Illuminated initial
Detail

f. 28
Detail
Table and illuminated initial

ff. 37v-38
Table and illuminated initial
 
Musical notation

f. 45
Musical notation

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