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Detailed record for Arundel 82

Author Vergil
Title Aeneid, and others
Origin Germany, S. (Nuremberg)
Date between c. 1450 and 1492
Language Latin
Script Semi-humanistic
Decoration Ff. 2-4v: Large and small initials in plain red (oxidised).
Ff. 5-55v: 3 large initials (3 lines) in blue with red pen-flourishing (ff. 5, 27v, 36v). 1 large puzzle initial (3 lines) in red and blue with red penwork decoration (f. 46). Small initials in red, some with blue penwork decoration, or in blue, some with red penwork decoration.
Ff. 56-227: 4 large puzzle initials (3-4 lines) in red and brown or blue, with penwork decoration in red (and brown) (ff. 56, 57, 180v, 195v). 20 smaller initials, puzzle initials in red and blue with penwork decoration in red, or initials in blue with red pen-flourishing or in red with brown or blue pen-flourishing or penwork decoration (ff. 72 (x2), 85 (x2), 98, 98v, 110, 110v, 125 (x2), 140, 140v, 154 (x2), 166v (x2), 195v (x2), 211 (x2)).
Ff. 227v-248: Large and small initials in plain red. Throughout capital letters at the beginning of a line highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 335 x 230 (215 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 248 (+ 1 blank ruled paper leaf after f. 238; + 2 modern and 1 original paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance Hans Pirckheimer (b. 1417, d. 1492), Nuremberg patrician, jurist, diplomat, and humanist: manuscript copied by himself (see Holzberg 1981).
Johann Pirckheimer (b. 1440, d. 1501), son of Hans Pirckheimer, Nuremberg patrician, jurist, diplomat, and humanist: additions in a different hand, ending 'Explicit io. pir.' (f. 248).
? 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. 2; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XV.6.7’, 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.

Anne Cox Brinton, Maphaeus Vegius and his Thirteenth Book of the Aeneid: A Chapter on Virgil in the Renaissance (Stanford: University Press, 1930), pp. 5, 49.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), pp. 38-39.

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), 127.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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