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Detailed record for Arundel 439

Author Justinian
Title Justinian, Digestum novum, with the gloss by Accursius and the additiones of Guido of Suzzara
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 11 miniatures, mostly accompanied by large initials, some including human heads or figures, in colours and gold (ff. 3, 5, 40, 65, 84v [unfinished: underdrawing and gold], 85, 116v, 149, 192, 222, 253v). Large foliate initials, in colours and gold, in the text. Large blue initials with red pen-flourishing, in the text. Small blue initials with red pen-flourishing, in the glosses. Small initials in red with blue pen-flourishing, in the text and in the glosses. Paraph marks in plain red or blue. 3 line-fillers in red or brown (ff. 132, 143, 225). Marginal sketches of human heads (ff. 48, 249)
Dimensions in mm 410 x 260 (230/375 x 180/240) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 275 (+ 4 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Collation Collation: i2 (ff. 1-2), ii-iv12 (ff. 3-38), v10 (ff. 39-48), vi-xiii12 (ff. 49-144), xiv4 (ff. 145-148), xv-xxiv12 (ff. 149-268), xxv8-1 (ff. 269-275; 8th leaf after f. 275 excised, probably blank).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 2014.
Provenance Taken to Padua in 1449: inscribed '1449 die 19 Novembris Dominus Johannes de Alemania conduxit Padue hunc librum' (f. 2v; cf. especially Arundel 453, but also Arundel 433, 449, and 484); on the meaning of such inscriptions, see Luciano Gargan, 'L'enigmatico 'conduxit': libri e dogana a Padova fra Tre e Quattrocento', Quaderni per la storia dell'universitÓ di Padova, 16 (1983), 1-41, and Luciano Gargan, 'Nuovi codici 'condotti' a Padova nel Tre e Quattrocento', Quaderni per la storia dell'universitÓ di Padova, 22-23 (1989-90), 1-57.
Inscription, 1425: 'Mcccc xxv ... ego Iohannes de Sabia recessi(?) nicosia et fui venetiis ... domino Rafaele ...' (f. 275v).
Unidentified owners, 15th century (several dates, e.g. 1461, etc.): inscriptions (ff. 2, 2v, 275v), e.g. 'Digestum vetus mei Eustachij emptum a fratrum...' (f. 275v), and annotations throughout, including some in Hebrew(?) (f. 275v).
? 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, the ink stamp: 'Soc. Reg. Lond / ex dono Henr. Howard / Norfolciensis' (f. 3).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
The manuscript contains:
ff. 1r-2v: table of contents written by a later medieval hand;
ff. 3r-275r: Justinian's Digestum novum, accompanied by the gloss of Accursius and the additiones of Guido of Suzzara;
f. 275v: notes and inscriptions.
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. 123.

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. 10.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), p. 17 no. 255.

Gero Dolezalek, Verzeichnis der Handschriften zum r÷mischen Recht bis 1600: Materialsammlung, System und Programm fŘr elektronische Datenverarbeitung 4 vols (Frankfurt am Main: [n. pub.], 1972), I, London, BM, Arundel 439.

Anthony Mussen, 'Images of Marriage: A Comparison of Law, Custom and Practice in Medieval Europe', in Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe, 1150-1600, ed. by Mia Korpiola (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 117-46 (p. 119n).
Last revised: 02 December 2005


Images
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Men conversing

f. 3
Men conversing
Men conversing

f. 5
Men conversing
Four men conversing and one with a book

ff. 39v-40
Four men conversing and one with a book
 
Decorated initials

f. 39v
Decorated initials
Four men conversing and one with a book

f. 40
Four men conversing and one with a book
Men conversing

f. 65
Men conversing
 
Men conversing and profile of a man

ff. 84v-85
Men conversing and profile of a man
Unfinished miniature

f. 84v
Unfinished miniature
Six men conversing and profile of a man

f. 85
Six men conversing and profile of a man
 
Men conversing

f. 116v
Men conversing
Men conversing

f. 149
Men conversing
Men conversing

f. 192
Men conversing
 
Men conversing

f. 222
Men conversing
Men conversing

f. 253v
Men conversing

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