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Detailed record for Arundel 285

Title Collection of Scottish poetry
Origin Scotland?
Date 1st half of the 16th century
Language English, Scots, some headings in Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 9 large (ff. 5v, 116v, 125v, 187, 189v, 193v, 198v, 208v, 213v [the same as on f. 193v]) and 8 small (ff. 178v, 182, 183, 183v, 185, 188v, 190v, 204v) woodcuts of the 15th century, mostly coloured, stuck in reserved places at the beginning of some texts. 29 large initials in red with red or brown penwork decoration, some without penwork decoration (ff. 1, 6, 8, 47, 53v, 62, 69, 75, 80, 107 (2x), 116v, 125v, 129, 131v, 134, 136v [in black], 140v, 143, 151, 178v, 182, 183v, 185, 193v, 199, 204v, 208v, 213v); the following letters in the first line of the beginning of the texts in smaller capitals in brown or red, mostly with brown penwork decoration. Smaller initials in plain red, some with red or brown penwork decoration. Capital letters highlighted in red. Some line-fillers in red.
Dimensions in mm 190 x 135 (135 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 224 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 old and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance Lord William Howard (b. 1563, d. 1640), antiquary and landowner, the younger son of Thomas Howard (b. 1538, d. 1572), 4th duke of Norfolk: inscribed ‘William Howard' (f. 1); bequeathed to his nephew, Thomas Howard.
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).
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, pp. 82-84.

Carleton Brown, A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse , 2 vols (Oxford: Bibliographical Society, 1916-1920), I: List of Manuscripts, pp. 261-62.

James H. Morey, Book and Verse: A Guide to Middle English Biblical LIterature (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000), pp. 283, 285-86, 288-89.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


Images
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Flagellation of Christ

f. 5v
Flagellation of Christ
Flagellation of Christ

ff. 5v-6
Flagellation of Christ
Resurrection

f. 116v
Resurrection
 
Christ

f. 125v
Christ
Virgin and Child

f. 178v
Virgin and Child
Detail: Virgin and Child

f. 178v
Detail: Virgin and Child
 
John

f. 183
John
Virgin and Child

f. 183v
Virgin and Child
Mary

f. 187
Mary
 
Virgin and Child

f. 188v
Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child

f. 189v
Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child

f. 190v
Virgin and Child
 
Annunciation and initial

f. 193v
Annunciation and initial
Detail: Annunciation

f. 193v
Detail: Annunciation
Detail

f. 193v
Detail
 
Virgin and Child

f. 198v
Virgin and Child
Pieta

f. 204v
Pieta
Virgin and Child

f. 208v
Virgin and Child
 
Annunciation

f. 213v
Annunciation
Prayers

f. 220v
Prayers
Prayers

f. 221
Prayers
 

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