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Detailed record for Arundel 64

Author Johannes de Hesdinio
Title Commentarius amplissimus in librum Job
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large puzzle initial in red and blue with penwork decoration in blue and red, accompanied by a border decoration in red and blue around the two columns (f. 1). Small initials in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraph marks in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 325 x 235 (255 x 175) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 188 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Speckled calf; rebacked; edges of the leaves blue.
Provenance The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Eberbach (today Erbach near Eltville, diocese of Mainz), 15th century: mentioned in the catalogue of the library of 1502 as 'E 3' (see Palmer 1998, p. 236).
Inscribed 'Z 120' (f. 1); similar inscriptions consisting of a 'Z' followed by a number are found in a significant number of manuscripts in the Arundel collection from the Cistercian abbey of Eberbach and the Carthusian abbey of Mainz.
Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician: purchased in 1636 in Germany, with other manuscripts confiscated from religious houses during the 30 years war.
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 of London 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.

Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: Die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der in Oxford und London aufbewahrten Handschriften (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 1998), pp. 236, 281.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Puzzle initial and border decoration

f. 1
Puzzle initial and border decoration
Detail: Puzzle initial and border decoration

f. 1
Detail: Puzzle initial and border decoration

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