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Detailed record for Arundel 81

Author Lucius Iunius Moderatus Columella
Title De re rustica
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1460 - c. 1470
Language Latin, Greek
Script Humanistic
Scribe Greek added by Johannes Skutariotes, with Latin translation written by Ormannus; Theophrastus
Artists Title by the same hand as Egerton 875.
Decoration Title, encircled by a wreath, held by two putti, in colours and gold, not by the main artist (f. 1v). Three sided border with white vine, putti, birds, butterflies, rabbits and portrait bust miniatures, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the text (f. 2). Partial borders with white vine, in colours and gold (ff. 192, 218v). Large white vine initials, in colours and gold (ff. 2, 5, 15, 31v, 41v, 58, 73, 87, 102, 114, 128, 139, 146, 167v, 192, 193, 218v (x2), 241v, 258v). Small initials in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 350 x 240 (230 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 274 (+ 4 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 ruled medieval parchment and 4 paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation i2 (f. [v]-1), ii-xxviii10 (ff. 2-271), xxix4 (ff. 272-275).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Spaces for arms left blank (ff. 1v, 2).
Perhaps a direct copy of Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. Lat. 1328, which belonged to Poggio Bracciolini (b. 1380, d. 1459), Italian humanist and historian.
The marginal Latin translation for the Greek copied by the scribe of the Budapest Theophrastus (see de la Mare 1985).
The Greek added by Skutariotes: see Repertorium 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. 2v).
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. 22.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra, (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 250.

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.


Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3-1, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. .

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli, 2 vols, ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, pp. 395-574 (pp. 525, 544).
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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f. 1v
Title page
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f. 1v
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White vine initial and three-sided border

f. 2
White vine initial and three-sided border
 
White vine initial

f. 2
White vine initial
Border

f. 2
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