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Detailed record for Arundel 45

Author Origines
Title Commentary on Jeremiah, and on the Song of Songs
Origin Austria, N. (Metz?)
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Scribe Varnerus (at least in part).
Decoration 10 large foliate initials executed in brown, or brown and red, ink (ff. 1v, 32v, 37v, 41v, 45, 49v, 59, 61v, 72v). 1 brown zoomorphic initial in the form of a bird (f. 82). Large and small simple brown initials. Decorated quire signatures.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 195 (185 x 130)
Official foliation ff. 97 + unfoliated paper flyleaves (f. 97 a parchment flyleaf)
Collation i-xii8 (ff. 1-88), xii8 + 1 (last leaf inserted, ff. 89-97).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance The abbey of St Gorgon, Görz, diocese of Metz (13th century inscription, ff. 1, 97: 'liber sancti gorgonii gorziensii si q(u)is eu(m) abstulerit anathema sit'; 'Varnerus me scripsit, around a cross, f. 96v).
Various 13th century inscriptions, f. 97r-97v.
? 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.
Notes Musical notation, f. 1.
Possibly a change of scribe from f. 33.
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, p. 10.


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Decorated initial

f. 1v
Decorated initial
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f. 1v
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Zoomorphic initial

f. 82
Zoomorphic initial
 
Detail

f. 82
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