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Detailed record for Arundel 93

Part 1 ff. 1-111 
Author Diodorus Siculus
Title Bibliotheca historiarum, in the translation of Poggio Bracciolini
Origin Netherlands, S. (Ghent)
Date 1482-1485
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive; extensive marginalia in semi-humanistic
Decoration 1 large decorated initial, incorporating heraldic arms, with a partial foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 3). 5 large puzzle initials in red and blue with (brown or light green, and) light red pen-flourishing, some with yellow, red, and/or blue infill, some including elaborate human figures or floral motifs, at the beginning of the books (ff. 3v, 16, 32, 48, 92). 1 large initial in blue with light red pen-flourishing (f. 1). Paraph marks in plain red or blue. Capital letters highlighted in yellow. Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 360 x 255 (265 x 170)
 
Part 2 ff. 112-128v 
Author Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II)
Title Selected treatises, including De situ et origine Pruthenorum, De Livonia, and Epistola ad Philippum Mariam Angelum de Vicecomitibus de bello Thurcorum et Hungarorum
Origin Netherlands, S. (Ghent)
Date c. 1482- c. 1485
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 5 large initials in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with light red pen-flourishing (ff. 112, 118v, 120v [with reserved zoomorphic design], 122, 124).
Dimensions in mm 360 x 255 (265 x 170)
 
Part 3 ff. 129-160v 
Author Christoforo Buondelmonti
Title Liber insularum archipelagi
Origin Netherlands, S. (Ghent)
Date 1482
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 54 large and small miniatures of maps, in colours (ff. 130 (2x), 130v, 131, 131v, 132, 133, 134, 134v, 135v, 136, 136v, 137 (2x), 137v, 138, 138v (3x), 139, 139v, 140 (2x), 140v, 141, 141v (2x), 142, 142v, 143, 143v (2x), 144, 144v (2x), 145 (2x), 145v (3x), 146, 146v, 147 (2x), 147v (2x), 148 (2x), 148v, 149 (2x), 149v (2x), 150). 1 large initial made of branches, set in a landscape with birds, in colours (f. 129). Small initials in gold on red and blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 360 x 255 (270 x 170)
 
Official foliation ff. 160 (+ 1 modern and 1 older paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 older paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Diced calf; framed in gilt; rebacked; the edges of the leaves gilt.
Provenance Inscribed 'finis. 1482' (f. 111); and acquired ('comparavit') in 1485: inscribed ' with the date as cited below (f. 160v).
Raphael de Marcatellis (b. 1437, d. 1508), abbot of St Bavon's, Ghent: with his arms (ff. 3, 129), and his unexplained monogram: 'L.Y.S.' (f. 91v); inscribed 'Hoc volumen comparavit Raphael de Marcatellis, Dei gratia episcopus Rosensis [Rhosus, Cicilia], abbas Sancti Bavonis iuxta Gandavum [Ghent], et quad potuit correxit anno Domini 1485' (f. 160v).
? 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 with the pencil inscription: ‘XV.3.6’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Medieval foliation in red ink arabic numerals as far as '105', skips from 64 to 67.
Thomov assigns this manuscript to Group I.A.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 26.

F. W. Hasluck, 'Notes on MSS. in the British Museum relating to Levant Geography and Travel', Annual of the British School at Athens, 12 (1905-6), 196-215, pl. I (p. 198, pl. 1).

Robert Weiss, 'Un umanista antiquario: Cristoforo Buondelmonti', Lettere italiane, 16 (1964), 105-16 (p. 109 n. 43).

Albert Derolez, The Library of Raphael de Marcatellis, Abbot of St. Bavon's, Ghent, 1437-1508 (Ghent: Story-Scientia, 1979), no. 12.

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. 438, II, pl. 828.

P. D. A. Harvey, The History of Topographical Maps (London: Thames and Hudson, 1980), pl. 32.

Albert Derolez, 'Un nouveau manuscrit de la bibliothèque de Raphael de Mercatel', in Litterae Medii Aevi: Festschrift für Johanne Autenrieth zu ihrem 65. Geburtstag, ed. by Michael Borgolte and Herrad Spilling (Sigmaringen: Thorbecke, 1988), 301-308 (p. 303).

Europa und der Orient: 800-1900, ed. by Gereon Sievernich and Hendrik Budde (Berlin: Bertelsmann Lexikon, 1989), no. 14/33 [exhibition catalogue] [part 3].

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.

Thomas Thomov, ‘New Information about Christoforo Buondelmonti’s Drawings of Constantinople’, Byzantion: revue internationale des études byzantines, 66 (1996), 431-53 (pp. 438-42, pl. 2) [part 3]

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), fig. 79 [part 3].

Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600, ed. by David J. Roxburgh (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2005), no. 227 [part 3, with additional bibliography].

Kathleen Doyle, catalogue entry, Byzantium 330-1453, ed. by Robin Cormack and Maria Vassilaki (London: Royal Academy, 2008), no. 11 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 02 December 2005


Images

Part  1   ff. 1-111
Diodorus Siculus Bibliotheca historiarum, in the translation of Poggio Bracciolini
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Decorated initial

f. 1
Decorated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 3
Illuminated initial
Detail

f. 3
Detail
 
Puzzle initial

f. 3v
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 16
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 32
Puzzle initial
 
Puzzle initial

f. 48
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 48
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 68
Puzzle initial
 
Puzzle initial

ff. 91v-92
Puzzle initial
Birds

f. 129
Birds
Heraldry

f. 129
Heraldry
 


f. 138


f. 138v


f. 139
 


f. 139v


f. 140


f. 141
 


f. 141v


f. 142


f. 142v
 


f. 143


f. 143v


f. 145
 


f. 145v


f. 146


f. 146v
 


f. 147


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f. 148
 


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f. 149


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f. 150


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f. 153
 


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f. 154


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f. 156


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f. 157
 


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f. 158


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f. 159


f. 159v

Part  2   ff. 112-128v
Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II) Selected treatises, including De situ et origine Pruthenorum, De Livonia, and Epistola ad Philippum Mariam Angelum de Vicecomitibus de bello Thurcorum et Hungarorum
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Decorated initial

f. 112
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 118v
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 120v
Decorated initial
 
Decorated initial

f. 122
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 124
Decorated initial

Part  3   ff. 129-160v
Christoforo Buondelmonti Liber insularum archipelagi
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Initial and heraldic arms

f. 129
Initial and heraldic arms
Map

f. 133
Map
Miniature of a map: 'Crete hodie candia'.

f. 134v
Miniature of a map: 'Crete hodie candia'.
 
Milo

f. 139
Milo
Andros

f. 141
Andros
Podia

f. 144v
Podia
 
Maps

ff. 145v-146
Maps
Maps

ff. 146v-147
Maps
Maps

ff. 147v-148
Maps
 
Map

f. 148
Map
Maps

ff. 148v-149
Maps
Maps

f. 149v
Maps
 
Chios

f. 150
Chios
Chois

f. 150
Chois
Map

ff. 151v-152
Map
 
Maps

ff. 152v-153
Maps
Maps

ff. 155v-156
Maps
Map

f. 156v
Map
 
Map

f. 157
Map
Maps

ff. 157v-158
Maps
Maps

ff. 158v-159
Maps
 
Map

ff. 159v-160
Map

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