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Detailed record for Arundel 383

Author Boethius, and others
Title Translations of Aristotle, etc., and others, some with glosses
Origin France
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Ff. 2-103v: 7 large and smaller puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red and decorated extensions (ff. 2, 13, 33, 38, 45, 54, 66). Small initials and paraph marks in plain red or blue.
Ff. 104-117v: 1 large puzzle initial in red and brown with pen-flourishing in red, with decorated extension. Paraph marks in plain red.
Ff. 118-294v: 5 large puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red (ff. 118, 172, 194, 208, 279). Small initials in blue with pen-flourishing in red. Paraph marks in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 235 x 170 (135 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 296 (ff. 1 and 296 are blank medieval prachment flyleaves; + 1 modern paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance The Carthusian abbey of Mainz, 15th century: inscribed 'Ad kartusiam mog(unciam)' (f. 1); not listed in Sigrid Krämer, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, 3 vols, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, Supplement 1, ed. by Bernhard Bischoff (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), II (1989).
Unidentified owner(s), 15th century: inscribed in German, '…in dem selben…' (f. 295v), and 'Werck…'(?) (f. 296).
Inscribed 'Z 217' (f. 1); similar inscriptions consisting of a 'Z' followed by a number are found in a significant number of manuscripts in the Arundel collection from the Cistercian abbey of Eberbach and the Carthusian abbey of Mainz.
Inscribed '33' (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. 2; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XIII.1.17’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Marginal sketch of an acanthus leaf, 15th century (f. 61v).
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. 112.

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.

Walter L. Wardale, The High German Bartholomaeus ([n.p.]: James Follan, 1993), p. vii.

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. 124-25.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Puzzle initial

f. 45
Puzzle initial
Detail: Puzzle initial

f. 45
Detail: Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial and flourished incipit

f. 279
Puzzle initial and flourished incipit
 
Detail: Puzzle initial and flourished heading

f. 279
Detail: Puzzle initial and flourished heading

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