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Detailed record for Arundel 79

Title Old Testament
Origin Germany, S.
Date 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large initial, only drawing, not executed in colours (f. 1). 2 large initials in red with brown penwork decoration (ff. 301, 326). Large and small initials mostely in plain red, some in plain blue (e.g. ff. 180v-181). Cadels. Capital letters highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 200 (230 x 140) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 479 (+ 2 unfoliated leaves after f. 308, and 1 after f. 309; + 1 modern and 1 blank ruled medieval paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 blank medieval and 1 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance ? 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 book-plate inside upper cover).
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. 22.
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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Decorated initial

f. 301
Decorated initial

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