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Detailed record for Arundel 377

Title Miscellany, including a calendar and astrological texts, including Roger's Hereford tables (ff. 77-87); excerpts from William of Conches's Dragmaticon philosophiae, and Daniel of Morley's Liber de naturis inferiorum et superiorum
Origin England, E. (Ely)
Date last quarter of the 12th or 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin and English
Script Protogothic
Decoration Numerous diagrams. 1 large foliate initial, in colours and gold, with extension into the margin (f. 7). 1 large initial in gold on a blue ground (f. 16). 7 large initials in red, green or blue, decorated in green and/or red (ff. 35v, 43v, 56v, 88, 88v, 95v, 104). Small initials in plain red, green or blue, sometimes with ornamental extensions into the margins, some decorated in a second colour. Sketch of a man holding a book, labelled 'Wynd..ye', 15th century (f. 76v).
Dimensions in mm 210 x 145 (160 x 115) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 143 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Collation isix (ff. 1-6), ii-xi8 (ff. 7-87); xii-xiii8 (ff. 88-103); xiv-xviii8 (ff. 104-143); the 2nd and 3rd text could be slightly later.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The text on f. 86v refers to the year 1178.
The Benedictine abbey and cathedral priory of Saints Peter and Etheldreda, Ely: evidence from the calendar (ff. 3-5v); mention of 'latitudo Ely…' (f. 56).
Matheus Lorcann, 15th century: inscribed 'Iste liber constat Matheus Lorca(n)n' (f. 1v).
Georgius Chamondus, 15th century: inscribed 'Georgius: chamondus est libri huius possessor teste Johanne fecci(?)' (f. 1v); by the same hand a full page ink drawing of Catherine, inscribed 'Carreno'(?) (f. 1).
Unidentified owner(s), 15th century: several inscriptions (ff. 2v, 6v, 103v, 108, 108v).
Inscription, 1581: 'W(illia)m Vallans oweth mee 1581' (f. 1).
Inscribed with a library list(?); including Arthus Gelius Frantinus, Valerius Maximus, Alexander Nequam, John of Salisbury, and others (f. 1v).
? 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. 2v).
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 I: The Arundel Manuscripts (1834), p. 111.

André Wilmart, Analecta Reginensia:Extraits des manuscrits latins de la reine Christine conservés au Vatican, Studi e Testi, 59 (Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1933), p. 263 n. 12.

English Benedictine Kalendars after A. D. 1100, ed. by Francis Wormald, 2 vols, Henry Bradshaw Society, 77, 81 (London: Harrison and Sons, 1934-1939), II, 1.

Lynn Thorndike, 'More Abrahamismus', Isis, 40 (1949), 34-35 (p. 34).

Francis J. Carmody, Arabic Astronomical and Astrological Sciences in Latin translation: A Critical Bibliography (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1956), p. 142.

M. C. Diaz y Diaz, Index scriptorum latinorum medii aevi hispanorum, pars prior, Acta Salmanticensia: Filosofia y Letras, 13: 1 (Salamanca: University de Salamanca, 1958), nos 609, 995.

Charles Homer Haskins, Studies in the History of Mediaeval Science, 2nd ed. (New York: Ungar, 1960), pp. 21, 23, 25, 28-29, 52, 125, 127, 131.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 78.

Paul Kunitzsch, Der Almagest: Die Syntaxis Mathematica des Claudius Ptolemäus in arabisch-lateinischer mittelalterliche Überlieferung (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1974), p. 85.

J. D. North, Richard of Wallingford: An edition of his Writings, 3 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976), III, 140.

John E. Murdoch, Album of Science: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, ed. by I. B. Cohen (New York: Scribner's Sons, 1984), no. 132.

J. D. North, Horoscopes and History, Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts, 13 (London: Warburg Institute, 1986), p. 39 n. 118.

Guillelmi de Conchis Dragmaticon Philosolphiae, ed. by I. Ronca, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis, 152 (Turnholt: Brepols, 1997), pp. XLV-XLViI no. 19.

Charles Burnett, ‘Latin Alphanumerical Notation, and Annotation in Italian, in the Twelfth Century: MS London, British Library, Harley 5402’, in Sic itur ad astra: Studien zur Geschichte der Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, Festschrift für den Arabisten Paul Kunitzsch zum 70. Geburtstag, ed. by Menso Folkerts and Richard Lorch (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2000), 76-90 (p. 80).

Nicholas Vincent, 'The Great Lost Library of England's Medieval Kings' in1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts, ed. by Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick (London: The British Library, 2013), pp. 73-112 (p. 88).
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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