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Detailed record for Arundel 119

Author John Lydgate
Title The Siege of Thebes
Origin England
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large historiated initial with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 1). 1 large decorated initial enclosing heraldic arms with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 4). 2 large foliate initials with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 18, 43). Small initials in gold on blue and red grounds with foliate extensions into the margins. Small initials in gold with blue or purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Capital letters on f. 34v at the beginning of the line highlighted in green.
Dimensions in mm 275 x 190 (190 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 80 (+ 1 modern paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance Written for William de la Pole (b. 1396, d. 1450), 1st duke of Suffolk, administrator and magnate: his arms, de la Pole quartering Wingfield (f. 4).
Inscription, 15th century: 'Wylia(m) Gylpyn' (ff. 3v, 80v).
Bevell Ball, 16th century: inscriptions, e.g. 'Beuellus ball est verus possessor huius libri' (f. 80v).
? 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. 1v).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes The earliest of 11 manuscripts of the Siege of Thebes that circulated as a distinct text, and one of the few with illustration: see Edwards 1991.
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. 29.

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I, H. L. D. Ward, pp. 87-89.

Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes, Early English Text Society, extra series 108 and 125, 2 vols (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1911 and 1930), (as Ar).

Kathleen Scott, ‘Caveat Lector: Ownership and Standardization in the Illustration of Fifteenth-Century English Manuscripts’, in English Manuscript Studies, 1, ed. by Peter Beal and Jeremy Griffiths (London: British Library, 1989), 19-63 (p. 29).

A. S. G. Edwards, 'Beinecke MS 661 and Early Fifteenth-Century English Manuscript Production', Beinecke Studies in Early Manuscripts, Yale University Gazette, Supplement, 66 (1991), 181-96 (pp. 181-82).

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), I: Text and Illustrations, p. 72 n. 14.

Nicholas Perkins, Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes: Counsel and Constraint (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2001), p. 157 n. 23, 174.

Andrew G. Watson, Medieval Manuscripts in Post-Medieval England (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), pp. IX, 25.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Historiated initial

f. 1
Historiated initial
Lydgate

f. 1
Lydgate
Text

f. 2v
Text
 
William de la Pole

f. 4
William de la Pole
Detail: Foliate initial

f. 4
Detail: Foliate initial
Foliate initial and border

f. 18
Foliate initial and border
 
Detail: Foliate initial

f. 18
Detail: Foliate initial

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