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Detailed record for Arundel 70

Title Italian Humanist letters and speeches
Origin Italy, N. (Padua)
Date between 1440 and 1463
Language Latin
Script Gothic and semi-humanistic, by several scribes
Decoration Small initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in red. Capital letters highlighted in red. Decorated catch-words.
Dimensions in mm 340 x 235 (220 x 130)
Official foliation ff. 229 (+ 1 old blank paper flyleaf after f. 2; + 4 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 old and 4 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather.
Provenance Written after 1440 (speech dated on f. 21v) and probably before 1463 (added final section, dated on f. 229).
Hans Pirckheimer (b. 1417, d. 1492), Nuremberg patrician, jurist, diplomat, and humanist: contents-list at front added by him (f. 2r-v) (see Holzberg 1981).
? 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. 3).
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. 15-21 [218 items listed].

Agostini Sottili, Studenti Tedeschi e Umanesimo Italiano nell'Università di Padova durante il Quattrocento, Contributi alla storia dell’Università di Padova, 7 (Padua: Antenore, 1971), p. 52.

Ludwig Bertalot, Studien zum italienischen und deutschen Humanismus, Storia e Letteratura, 130, ed. by Paul Oskar Kristeller, 2 vols (Rome: Storia e Letteratura, 1975), p. 105.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), p. 393 n. 49 and n. 71.

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), 126-27.

Emil J. Polak, Medieval and Renaissance Letter Treatises and Form Letters: A Census of Manuscripts Found in Part of Western Europe, Japan, and the United States of America, Davis Medieval Texts and Studies, vol. 9 (Leiden: Brill, 1994), p. 319.
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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