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Detailed record for Arundel 37

Author Bede
Title Commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah ('In Esdram et Nehemiam prophetas allegorica expositio', begins and ends imperfectly)
Origin Germany, S. (Lorsch?)
Date 1st half of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline miniscule
Decoration Some rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 200 (220 x 150)
Official foliation ff. 67 (+ 7 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves: 3 at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Eberbach (today Erbach near Eltville, diocese of Mainz), 15th century: mentioned in the catalogue of the library of 1502 as 'H 9' (see Palmer 1998, p. 139).
Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician: purchased in 1636 in Germany, with other manuscripts confiscated from religious houses during the Thirty Years' War.
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); its book-plate with the pencil inscription 'XV.8.6' (inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at
Contains Bede, Commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah, Book 2, ch. 2, to Book 3, ch. 18.
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. 9.

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingischen Miniaturen', in Zweiten Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 51-77 (p. 62).

Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: Die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der in Oxford und London aufbewahrten Handschriften (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 1998), pp. 239, 281.

Berhard Bischoff, Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen) (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1998- ), II (2004): Laon-Paderborn, ed. by Birgit Ebersperger, no. 2410.


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