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Detailed record for Arundel 484

Author Justinian
Title Digestum Vetus with glossa ordinaria
Origin France, S. (Toulouse?)
Date c. 1300 - c. 1310
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 25 miniatures, accompanied by large historiated, inhabited or decorated initials, some developing foliate extensions into the margins (on f. 6 developing a full border), in colours and gold (ff. 4, 6, 21, 43v, 61, 85, 100v, 106v, 117v, 126, 134, 142v, 149, 161v, 170, 176v, 185, 191v, 204, 213v, 225v, 232v, 245, 252, 265). Smaller and small decorated foliate initials, many including human heads or zoomorphic figures, mostly with extensions into the margins, in colours and gold. Large and small initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in plain red for the text. Small initials in red with purple pen-flourishing for the glosses. Paraph marks in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 435 x 290 (variable, e.g. 395 x 250) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 271 (f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf; + 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1978.
Provenance Unidentified owners, 1395 and 1499: inscription mentioning an earthquake in Cologne in 1395 '…et veram est quod tunc temporis eram in colonia…', followed by a note on an earthquake in Padua in 1499 (f. 1).
Taken to Padua in 1399: inscribed 'Dominus Henricus d'Alem(ani)a conduxit [... uncertain reading] librum die xxviiij Junii d(?) 1399 [followed by a cropped subscription]' (f. 4; cf. Arundel 433, 439, 449, and 453); on the meaning of such inscriptions, see Luciano Gargan, 'L'enigmatico 'conduxit': libri e dogana a Padova fra Tree Quattrocento', Quaderni per la storia dell'università di Padova, 16 (1983), 1-41, and Luciano Gargan, 'Nuovi codici 'condotti' a Padova nel Tre e Quattrocento', Quaderni per la storia dell'università di Padova, 22-23 (1989-90), 1-57.
Bartolomeus de Panzano?, 1400: inscribed '1400 die 19 octobris Bartolomeus de pa(n)zano(?)' (f. 6, lower right).
Unidentified owner, 1469: dated inscription (f. 1).
Inscription, 16th-century: 'Iohannes episcopus servuus servorum dei…' (f. 1, upper right corner).
Inscription, 16th-century: 'Marie de Morel' (f. 271v).
Johann Pirckheimer (b. 1440, d. 1501), son of Hans Pirckheimer, Nuremberg patrician, jurist, diplomat, and humanist: inscribed over erased ownership inscription in the explicit of the apparatus 'Iste liber est Johannis Pirckheimer de Nurnberga dyocesii Babenbergensis.' (f. 271).
? 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. 4).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Marginal sketches of human figures (ff. 79, 271) and of a shield (f. 254).
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. 132.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 7.

Gero Dolezalek, Verzeichnis der Handschriften zum römischen Recht bis 1600: Materialsammlung, System und Programm für elektronische Datenverarbeitung 4 vols (Frankfurt am Main: [n. pub.], 1972), I, London, BM, Arundel 484.

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Antenore, 1975), p. 361 n. 1.

Monika Fink-Lang, Untersuchungen zum Eichstätter Geistesleben im Zeitalter des Humanismus, Eichstätter Beiträge, 14 (Regensburg: Pustet, 1985), p. 296.

L’Art au temps des rois maudits Philippe le Bel et ses fils: 1285-1328, Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais 17 mars-29 juin 1998 (Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 1998), p. 332.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


Images
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Emperor Justinian, initial and border

f. 6
Emperor Justinian, initial and border
Detail: Emperor Justinian, initial and border

f. 6
Detail: Emperor Justinian, initial and border
Detail: Emperor Justinian

f. 6
Detail: Emperor Justinian
 
Detail: border

f. 6
Detail: border
Detail: border

f. 6
Detail: border
Dead man and devil and initial

f. 245
Dead man and devil and initial
 
Detail: Dead man and devil

f. 245
Detail: Dead man and devil
Detail: historiated initial

f. 245
Detail: historiated initial

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