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Detailed record for Arundel 339

Author Boethius, Hyginus, Macrobius, Guido of Arezzo and others
Title Miscellany, including De institutione arithmetica (ff. 1v-31), Astronomica (ff. 71v-89v). Guido d’Arezzo: Micrologus (ff. 98-104), Regulae rhythmicae (ff. 104-106), Prologus in Antiphonarium (ff. 106-107), Epistola ad Michaelem (ff. 107-109v). Anonymous: ‘Mensura Fistularum’ [Inc. “Fistularum mensuram ut a quibusdam…”] (ff. 109v-110), ‘Mensura Organistri’ [Inc. “Organicam quicumque liram…”] (f. 110), Commentary (ff. 121-151).
Origin Germany, S.
Date last quarter of the 12th or 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration Large foliate initials in red with a blue and green wash, some also with pink or with pink and green. Large initials in red with penwork decoration and a green wash. Small initials in red, some with penwork decoration, including faces, and some with a blue or green wash. Diagrams in red and black, some with a blue and green wash. Marginal images of the constellations, men, animals, and objects, in red ink with green, blue and/or pink washes (ff. 73-85). Other marginal figures. Maps (e.g., f. 143).
Dimensions in mm 200 x 140 (145 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 153 (+ unfoliated paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St Peter at Kastl, upper Palatinate, Bavaria: list of the first seven abbots 'huius loci' down to Gebhardus, who died in 1222 (f. 151v).
15th-century note on blood-letting (f. 40v).
? 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. 2); its book-plate (inside upper cover), with the pencil inscription 'XIV 15.18'.
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Musical notation: alphabetic notation and neumes on staff (C, F and A clefs; F red staff-line) on ff. 98-110.
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, pp. 101-02.

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. 7.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-1966), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), pp. 93-98, pl. 73, fig. 186.

Francis J. Carmody, Arabic Astronomical and Astrological Sciences in Latin translation: A Critical Bibliography (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1956), p. 37.

Augustus Hughes-Hughes, Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1906-1965), III, 300, 361, 367.

Alison White, 'Boethius in the Medieval Quadrivium', in Boethius: His Life, Thought and Influence, ed. by Margaret Gibson (Oxford: Blackwell, 1981), pp. 162-205 (pp. 176, 192 n. 23, 201 n. 111).

Guidonis Aretini: 'Regulae rhythmicae', ed. by Joseph Smits Van Waesberghe Divitiae Musicae Artis, DMA.A.IV (Buren: Knuf, 1985), pp. 63-64 (as 'Lo6').

Sigrid Krämer and Michael Bernhard, Handscriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, Supplement 1, 3 vols (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), II, 389.

The Theory of Music, 6 vols (Munich: Henle, 1961-2003), IV: Manuscripts from the Carolingian Era up to c. 1500 in Great Britain and in the United States of America, Descriptive Catalogue, Répertoire international des sources musicales, B III6, 2 parts (1992), I, Christian Meyer, pp. 66-67 [with additional bibliography].

Sigrid Krämer and Michael Bernhard, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, 3 vols, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, Supplement 1, ed. by Bernard Bischoff, (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), II: Köln-Zyfflich (1989), p. 533.

Linda Ehrsam Voigts, 'The Golden Table of Pythagoras', in Popular and Practical Science of Medieval England, ed. by Lister M. Matheson, Medieval Texts and Studies, 11 (East Lansing: Colleagues Press, 1994), pp. 123-39 (p. 124 n. 5).

Codices Boethiani: A conspectus of manuscripts of the works of Boethius, ed. by M. T. Gibson and Lesley Smith with the assistance of Joseph Ziegler, Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts, 25 (London: Warburg Institute, 1995), I: Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, pp. 122-23.


Images
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Bear and snake

f. 73v
Bear and snake
Man

f. 74
Man
Star

f. 74v
Star
 
Hercules

f. 75
Hercules
Lyre

f. 75v
Lyre
Marginal figures

ff. 76v-77
Marginal figures
 
Detail

f. 76v
Detail
Constellations

f. 76v
Constellations
Detail

f. 77
Detail
 
Auriga

f. 77
Auriga
Figure

f. 78
Figure


f. 81
 
Marginal drawings

ff. 81v-82
Marginal drawings
Detail

f. 81v
Detail
Detail

f. 81v
Detail
 
Detail

f. 82
Detail
Detail

f. 82
Detail


f. 82v
 


f. 83


f. 84
Diagrams and decorated initial

ff. 120v-121
Diagrams and decorated initial
 
Detail

f. 120v
Detail
Detail

f. 121
Detail

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