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Detailed record for Arundel 311

Title Bible with prologues, and Interpretation of Hebrew names (ff. 488-525v)
Origin France, Central (Paris?)
Date c. 1230 - c. 1280
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 6 large puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red, and decorated extensions (ff. 4, 7, 27, 54, 69v, 240). Large and small puzzle initials in red and blue with red (and blue) or blue (and red) pen-flourishing. Small initials in red with blue (and red) pen-flourishing and in blue with red (and blue) pen-flourishing. Capital letters highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 115 x 75 (85 x 55)
Official foliation ff. 525 (+ 2 modern paper and 4 medieval parchment (ff. 1-2, 2*, 3) flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 medieval (f. 526) and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance William Eden, 15th century: inscribed 'Sum Wyllm Eden' (f. 4, erased, lower margin; legible under UV light).
Unidentified owner, ?: inscriptions with numbers (ff. 7, 215, 275).
Unidentified owner, 16th century: erased inscription (f. 526v).
Unidentified owner, c. 1440-1500: inscription in humanistic book script (ff. 401-402).
Unidentified owner, 16th century: inscription in English (f. 368v).
Unidentified owner, 16th century?: inscribed with a motto(?) 'Timor meus spes mea' (ff. 3v, 526v). This motto appears in a portrait of Lancelot Andrewes (b. 1555, d. 1626), bishop of Winchester, now in Pembroke College, Cambridge. We thank Michael Andrews-Reading for this information.
Inscribed with a former shelfmark(?) '158' (f. 1).
? 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. 4).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Following Psalms is an erased page of a calendar (f. 239v).
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. 91.

Andrew G. Watson, Medieval Manuscripts in Post-Medieval England (Aldershot: Ashgate/Variorum, 2004), pp. IX, 254.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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