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Detailed record for Arundel 62

Author Pseudo Acro
Title Commentaries on Horace (ff. 1-180v and ff. 181-183)
Origin Italy, N. (Ferrara?)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Decoration 1 large illuminated initial with a partial foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 1). Small initials in red or blue, with purple pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 195 (200 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 184 (+ 2 blank paper leaves after f. 183; + 1 modern an 1 old paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 old and modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1952.
Provenance Johann Pirckheimer (b. 1440, d. 1501), son of Hans Pirckheimer, Nuremberg patrician, jurist, diplomat, and humanist: inscribed 'Liber iste est Johannis Pircheymer utriusque juris doctoris et amicorum' (f. 184v), and glossed in his hand (see Holzberg 1981, p. 39).
? 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; its pencil inscription: ‘XV.6.19’, on the 2nd paper flyleaf at the beginning).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
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. 13.

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Antenore, 1975), p. 361 n. 1.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), pp. 39, 392 n. 36.

Monika Fink-Lang, Untersuchungen zum Eichstätter Geistesleben im Zeitalter des Humanismus, Eichstätter Beiträge, 14 (Regensburg: Pustet, 1985), p. 296, 325.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: a Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), 124.
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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Illuminated initial and border

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Illuminated initial and border

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