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Detailed record for Arundel 138

Part 1 ff. 18-77 
Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title Epistolae ad Familiares, imperfect
Origin Germany
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large foliate initial in colours on a gold ground (f. 18). Large simple initials in red. Guide letters.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 200 (190 x 125)
 
Part 2 ff. 4-17; 78-383v 
Author Various, including Petrarch
Title Miscellaneous texts, including Epistolae
Origin Germany
Date c. 1440-1500
Language Latin
Script Various, largely Gothic cursive
Decoration Some large or small simple red initials. Otherwise unilluminated.
Dimensions in mm Various
 
Official foliation ff. 383 (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves, and 7 unfoliated leaves after f. 323, 4 after f. 329, and 4 after f. 353))
Collation Part 1: Probably i-v10 (ff. 18-67).
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled end-papers.
Provenance Inscribed 'H. Stregkebeyn. Padue XXIIII die Septembris 1442' (f. 162v, the scribe of ff. 153-162v).
Table of contents (ff. 1-3v) by Pirckheimer?
? Thomas Pirckheimer (b. 1417/18, d.1473), advisor to Duke Albrecht III of Munich: letter related to him dated 1442 (f. 158v); see also Arnold Reimann, Die Äelteren Prickheimer: Geschichte eines Nurnberger Patriziergeschlechtes im Zeitalter des Frühumanismus (bis 1501), ed. by Hans Rupprich (Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang, 1944), p. 62 n. 1, p. 99 n. 6.
If so, purchased with the Pirckheimer library from Hanns Hieronymus Imhoff by Howard in 1636.
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. 18; its book-plate, f. [iii], with the pencil inscription: 'XV.8.2').
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Note that there are 181 separate texts listed in the Arundel catalogue.
ff. 4-17 includes a letter of 1447.
Watermarks including a flower, and fruit, similar to similar to C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: The Paper Publications Society, 1968), no. 6515 (attributed to Milan, 1149, Innsbruck, 1468, and 7380, attributed to Lucca 1433, 15th).
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. 32-37.

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I, H. L. D. Ward, p. 140.

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Editrice Antenore, 1975), no. 81.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich, Fink, 1981), pp. 392 n. 29, 393 n. 49 and n. 54, 415 n. 396 and n. 415, 202, 449 n. 169, 393 n. 71.

Monika Fink-Lang, Untersuchungen zum Eichstätter Geistesleben im Zeitalter des Humanismus, Eichstätter Beiträge, 14 (Regensburg: Pustet, 1985), p. 296.

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), 127-8.

Emil J. Polak, Medieval and Renaissance Letter Treatises and Form Letters: A Census of Manuscripts Found in Part of Western Europe, Japan, and the United States of America, Davis Medieval Texts and Studies, 9 (Leiden: Brill, 1994), p. 320.


Images

Part  1   ff. 18-77
Marcus Tullius Cicero Epistolae ad Familiares, imperfect
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Illuminated initial

f. 18
Illuminated initial
Initial

f. 18
Initial

Part  2   ff. 4-17; 78-383v
Various, including Petrarch Miscellaneous texts, including Epistolae
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Decorated initials

f. 163
Decorated initials
Initial

f. 163
Initial

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