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Detailed record for Arundel 85

Author Ludolphus de Saxonia
Title Vita Christi (pars II)
Origin Germany, S. (Eberbach)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Same scribe as in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Laud Misc. 298, and MS. Laud Misc. 462 (see Palmer 1998).
Decoration 1 large puzzle initial in red and blue (f. 1). Small initials in plain red.
Dimensions in mm 355 x 260 (275 x 205) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 170 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance This is the second volume of a four-volume set; the others are Arundel 103, and Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Laud Misc. 462; the fourth volume is missing.
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 'K 7' (see Palmer 1998, p. 244).
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; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XIV.6.3’, f. ii).
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. 23.

Ambrosius Schneider, 'Deutsche und französische Cistercienser-Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken', Cistercienserchronik, 61/62 (1962), 43-54 (pp. 43-44, 53).

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. 128-131, 244, 281f., col. pl. 108.

Jeffrey F. Hamburger and Nigel F. Palmer, The Prayer Book of Ursula Begerin, 2 vols (Dietikon-Zurich: Urs Graf Verlag, 2015), I, p. 440.
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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Detail: Puzzle initial

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Detail: Puzzle initial

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