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Detailed record for Arundel 112

Author Bonaventura, in an English translation
Title 'The Myrror of the Blessed Lyfe of Oure Lorde Jhesu Criste' (ff. 1-145); an anti-Lollard treatise
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large initial in colours and gold (f. 1, damaged). Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration and pen-flourishing. Paraph marks in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 200 (205 x 135)
Official foliation ff. 145 (+ 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Collation i8-1 (1st leaf missing; ff. 1-7), ii-xviii8 (ff. 8-142), xix4-1? (last leaf missing, probably blank; ff. 143-145).
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1952.
Provenance Inscribed 'this is my name Richard Bruer' (f. 39).
? John Clark: inscribed 'John Clark' (ff. 53v, 79v, 120, 124v); 'scriptum per me Johannem Clarke' (f. 58v).
Inscribed 'L'Aedry (?) Moulton' (f. 46v); 'Georg M' (f. 46v); 'Charlys . . . have . . . Smyth . . . xvijs. vjd' (f. 145v).
? 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 shelf-mark in pencil 'XI: 7: 9' (f. i).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society 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 I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 28.

Nicholas Love, The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ, ed. by Michael G. Sargent, 2nd edn (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2004), pp. xxxiii, xxxv (as Ar1).


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Pen-flourished initials

ff. 4v-5
Pen-flourished initials
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f. 4v
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f. 5
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Decorated initial

f. 27
Decorated initial
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f. 27
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