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Detailed record for Arundel 271

Author Pseudo-Cicero
Title Rhetorica ad Herennium , with glosses
Origin Italy, N. E. (Veneto?, Venice?)
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 historiated initial with a full border, in part foliate, with a bird, putti and a ram?, in colours and gold, and in part pen-flourished in red and blue with shell-gold infill, with heraldic arms (f. 3). 2 large initials in blue with pen-flourishing in red (and blue) with shell-gold infill (ff. 14v, 62). Small initials in red with blue and/or brown pen-flourishing, some with shell-gold infill, and a few in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraph marks in plain red. Capital letters highlighted in red. 2 cadells decorated with human faces (ff. 66v, 90v).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 160 (140 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 91 (+ 1 modern paper and 1 medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 modern paper flyleaf at the end)
Collation i4-1 (4th leaf missing; ff. [ii]-2), ii-ix10 (ff. 3-82), x8+1 (9th leaf inserted; ff. 83-91).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance Unidentified owner: his arms, added? (f. 1).
Inscribed, 15th century: 'Antoline cuius est liber iste noli bono more irasci abre'(?) (f. 1 erased, read with UV light).
Inscribed, 15th century: 'Iste liber est mei francisci t…e Mill…y(?). Peregrinus ad scolas una benedicti magistri' (f. 1).
Blasius de Cesena de Manganellis of Pavia, 1438: long ownership inscription (f. 1).
Unidentified owners, 15th century: inscriptions (ff. 1, 2v, 91v).
? 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. 3v; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XIII.2.16’, inside upper cover).
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 1: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 81.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), 125.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Historiated initial and border

f. 3
Historiated initial and border
Detail: Historiated initial

f. 3
Detail: Historiated initial
Detail: Heraldic arms

f. 4
Detail: Heraldic arms
 
Flourished initial

f. 14v
Flourished initial
Detail: Flourished initial

f. 14v
Detail: Flourished initial

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