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Detailed record for Arundel 59

Author Thomas Hoccleve, Pseudo-Aristotle
Title De Regimine Principum; Secrets of the Philosophers; Secretum Secretorum
Origin England, S. E. (London)
Date between c. 1460 and 1485
Language English, with Latin marginal notes
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Perhaps John Multon
Decoration Large blue initial with red penwork decoration from f. 90. Spaces left for initials, but not completed. Red highlights to the letters at the beginning of each line. The added arms in colours of Thomas Wall, Windsor Herald.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 195 (205 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 130 (+ 2 unfoliated original leaves after f. 89, + 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Collation I-ii20 (ff. 1-40), iii20-1, the eleventh folio cancelled (ff. 41-59), iv20 (ff. 60-79), v10 (f. 80-89), vi two? (ff. 89*-89**), vii-viii20 (ff. 90-129),ix singleton (f. 130).
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled end-papers.
Provenance Perhaps written by John Multon, London stationer (will of 1475): see discussion Christianson 1990.
Thomas Wall, Windsor Herald, 1525: his added arms (f. 1); his name (ff. 89v-92); his record of purchase 'This boke belongyth unto T. Wall alias Wyndesor herault at armes which he bought of Henry at the taverne within buschops gate at London the yere of our Lorde 1525. Wyttenesse Robert Lytylbouroug Sayewell etc, the viiith day of May', together with other inscriptions in French and English in Gothic cursive (f. 130v).
? John Starky (d. 1613), father of Ralph Starkey, a close associate of Sir Robert Cotton: inscription 'Jo Starkey (f. 1); see Tite 1982 p. 118.
Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, (b. 1571, d. 1631), 1st baronet, antiquary and politician, in 1610: inscription 'Robert Cotton Brucaus 1610' (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. 1).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Watermark, f. 89*, of a sunburst with the letters ‘IHS’ in the centre, similar to C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: The Paper Publications Society, 1968), no. 9478 (dated 1467-1468 to Bruges).
This scribe identified as the same as that of Cotton Claudius A VIII (Doyle 1959 p. 432).
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. 12-13.

Lydgate and Burgh's Secrees of old Philisoffres: A version of the 'Secreta Secretorum', ed. by Robert Steele, Early English Text Society, Extra Series, 66 (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1894), pp. xiv-xv.

Carleton Brown, A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse, 2 vols (Oxford: Bibliographical Society, 1916-1920), I: List of Manuscripts, p. 259.

Dorothea Waley Singer, Annie Anderson, and Robina Addis, Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts in Great Britain and Ireland Dating from before the XVI Century, 3 vols (Brussels: Lamertin, 1928-1931), III, 1035.

A. I. Doyle, 'An Unrecognized Piece of Piers The Ploughman's Creed and other work by its Scribe', Speculum: Journal of Mediaeval Studies (1959), 428-36 (p. 432).

R. F. Green, 'Notes on Some Manuscripts of Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes', British Library Journal (4 (1978), 37-41 (pp. 39-40).

G. A. Lester, Sir John Paston's 'Grete Boke' : A Descriptive Catalogue, with an Introduction, of British Library MS Lansdowne 285 (Cambridge: Brewer, 1984), pp. 22-23.

C. Paul Christianson, ‘Evidence for the Study of London’s Late Medieval Manuscript-Book Trade’, in Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475, ed by Jeremy Griffiths and Derek Pearsall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), 87-108 (p. 107 n. 43).

C. Paul Christianson, A Director of London Stationers and Book Artisans 1300-1500 (New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1990), p. 136.

Colin G. C. Tite, 'Lost or Stolen or Strayed': A Survey of Manuscripts formerly in the Cotton Library', British Library Journal, 18 (1992), 107-47 (pp. 110, 118, 141 n. 70).

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), II, 337.

Nicholas Perkins, Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes: Counsel and Constraint (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2001), pp. 161 n. 46, 169-70, 175, 178, 187, 189.

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Heraldry and signatures

f. 1
Heraldry and signatures
Decorated initial

f. 90
Decorated initial

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