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Detailed record for Arundel 98

Author Pliny the Elder, Caius Suetonius Tranquillus, and others
Title Vita Plinii, epistola 11; Historia naturalis (books 1-18), imperfect
Origin England, S.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 17 large foliate initials in colours, many with heads, masks, dragons, hybrids, and/or animals, including a bird and a dog, most with gold (ff. 1, 2, 22v, 26v, 32, 38, 45v, 56, 66, 85v, 94v, 107, 113, 118v, 124v, 130v, 141v). In several instances it is apparent that the original design has been alterd (e.g., ff. 113, 130v). Large initials in yellow, blue, red, or green, some with penwork decoration in another colour. Two initials apparently excised (ff. 14, 77).
Dimensions in mm 430 x 310 (325 x 210) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 160 + 92* (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves)
Collation i-xi8 (ff. 1-88); afterwards uncertain, lacking perhaps two gatherings between ff. 143-144.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance ? 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. 1.4', inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes f. 92* is a paper page from a 1532 printed book showing different types of scripts.
Written by one scribe, except for f. 160, according to the unpublished notes of Michael Gullick.
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, pp. 26-27.

Schools of Illumination: Reproductions from Manuscripts in the British Museum, 6 vols (London: British Museum, 1914-1930), II: English 12th and 13th Centuries(1915), pl. 5(f).

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.

Hanns Swarzenski, The Berthold Missal and the Scriptorium of Weingarten Abbey (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1943), p. 44, fig. 55.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich, Fink, 1981), p. 40.

L. D. Reynolds, ‘The Elder Pliny', in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, ed. by L. D. Reynolds (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 307-16 (pp. 313-14).

L. D. Reynolds, ‘Introduction’, in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, ed. by L. D. Reynolds (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. xiii-xliii (p. xxxvii n. 188).

B. Munk Olsen, L’Étude des auteurs classiques latins aux XIe et XIIe siècles, 2 vols (Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1982-1985), II, 256, no. C. 29.


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