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Detailed record for Arundel 539

Author Eusebius of Caesarea
Title Historiae ecclesiasticae, imperfect, preceded by a table of contents
Origin Eastern Mediterranean (Greece?)
Date 1st quarter of the 16th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe Georgios ho Hamartolos
Decoration Decorated headpieces in red and black ink (ff. 2, 164). Small simple black initials highlighted in red.
Official foliation ff. 344 (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves; f. 1 is a contemporary paper flyleaf)
Collation i-xxviii8 (ff. 2-218); xxix seven (ff. 226-232); xxx-438 (ff. 233-344).
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house binding. Rebound in 1958.
Provenance The monastery of the Holy Trinity, the island of Chalce, Princes' Islands (inscription, f. 343v).
Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician, probably acquired by his agent Petty in 1626, along with Arundel 547 (see The Negotiations of Sir Thomas Roe, in his Embassy to the Ottoman Porte, from the year 1621 to 1628 inclusive (London: Samuel Richardson, 1740), p. 500).
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).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes f. i is a letter from Edward Burton, Regious Professor Divinity at Oxford to Davies Gilbert, President of the Royal Society dated 1831.
For Arundel's acquisition of Greek manuscripts see generally David Howarth, Lord Arundel and his Circle (New Haven:Yale, 1985), pp. 88-96, esp. p. 91;
Select bibliography Edward Bernard, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae, 3 vols (Oxford: Sheldonian, 1697), III, no. 3445.

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. 164.

Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3-1, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. 78.

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, 20.


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Woven headpiece

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Woven headpiece
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Headpiece

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