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Detailed record for Arundel 531

Author Diogenes Laertius
Title De vitis philosophorum
Origin Eastern Mediterranean (Crete?) or Italy, N. E. (Venice?)
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Greek, with a few marginal notes in Latin
Script Greek minuscule, with a change of hand from f. 87
Decoration Red foliate headpiece with four roundels enclosing birds and busts, and illuminated foliate tailpiece with three roundels enclosing a bust and two armorial shields (f. 1). Small simple gold initial (f. 1). Red initials, some with red penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 185 (210 x 130)
Official foliation ff. 178 (preceded and followed by 1 modern unfoliated paper flyleaves)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance Joohann von Dalberg (b. 1445, d. 1503), humanist, bishop of Worms from 1482: his arms, presumably from before 1482 sable a key argent in bend sinister semée with quatrefoils pierced or; and azure six fleurs de lys argent a chief dancetté or (f. 1).
? The diocese of Worms: apparently Dalberg left his library to the dioces: see Der Wormser Bischof Johann von Dalberg (1482 - 1503) und seine Zeit , ed, by Gerold Bönnen and Burkard Keilmann (Mainz : Selbstverl. der Ges. für Mittelrheinische Kirchengeschichte, 2005), http://edocs.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/volltexte/2007/3943/ [last accessed 22 January 2009].
? 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. 1v).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes ff. 137-144 are bound upside down and in reverse order.
Select bibliography Edward Bernard, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae, 3 vols (Oxford: Sheldonian, 1697), III, no. 3437.

Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: The British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 161.

E. Maunde Thompson, ‘Catalogue of Classical Manuscripts’, Classical Review, 2 (1888), 102-4, 171-4; 3 (1889), 149-55, 440-5 (p. 445 no. 159).

Artur Biedl, Zur Textgeschichte des Laertios Diogenes: Das grosse Exzerpt Phi, Studi e Testi, 184 (Vatican: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1955), pp. 11, 35, 110 (this manuscript as 'A').

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich, Fink, 1981), p. 90-91.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, 15.


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Decorated headpiece and border

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Decorated headpiece and border
Detail of border

f. 1
Detail of border
Detail of headpiece

f. 1
Detail of headpiece
 

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