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Detailed record for Arundel 9

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title Epistolae ad familiares
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date 1446
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Decoration 16 large decorated initials, in colours and gold (ff. 2, 15, 25, 36, 46, 61, 73v, 87, 101, 116, 134, 146v, 162v, 188v, 195, 209). Small initials mostly in plain red or blue, a few with pen-flourishing or penwork decoration in red or brown.
Dimensions in mm 305 x 210 (180 x 120)
Official foliation ff. 218 (+ 1 unfoliated original leaf after f. 1, and 3 after f. 218; + 1 modern paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance Written in Bologna in 1446 by the Celestine monk Jacopo of Faenza, with his colophon: 'Ego Frater Jacobus de Faventia [Faenza] ordinis celestinorum hunc librum transcripsi in Milesimo cccco xxxxvio vi idus Sextilis, [crossed out: quum eram residens in Bononia [Bologna]]. Frater Jacobus' (f. 218).
? 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.6.16’, inside upper cover).
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. 2.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 431, II, pl. 482.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), pp. 38, 393 n. 64.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum. A finding list of uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other libraries, 7 vols (London: The Warburg Institute, 1963; repr. 1977-1997) IV (Alia Itinera II): Great Britain to Spain (1989), p. 124.
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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