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Detailed record for Arundel 164

Part 1 ff. 1-4; 84-194v 
Author Pseudo-Aristotle and others
Title Miscellany, including Liber Hermetis de alchimia (ff. 155-157); Liber triginta verborum (ff. 164-166); De duodecim aquis (ff. 166v-167v); and De naturis colorum iuxta Aristotelem 70 preceptorum (ff. 185v-186).
Origin Germany, S. (Nuremberg?)
Date 15th century
Language Latin, German
Script various, mainly Gothic cursive in several hands
Decoration 1 large red initial with a human face (f. 84). Large and small initials in red, green, blue, or brown, two decorated with patterns. Paraphs in red. Marginalia. 1 table (f. 121). Blank spaces left (for illustrations?).
Dimensions in mm various
 
Part 2 ff. 5-58 [e] 
Author Thomas de Cantimpré
Title De naturis rerum
Origin Germany, S. (Nuremberg?)
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Simple red initials. Spaces left for initials.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 210 (230 x 145) in two columns
 
Part 3 ff. 59-83v 
Title Medical text
Origin Germany
Date 2nd half of the 14th or 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Small red initials; on parchment.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 210 (205 x 155) in two columns
 
Official foliation ff. 194 ( + 6 unfoliated original leaves after f. 58; 1 after f. 126; 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Paper and parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance The Augustinian canons of Nuremberg: inscription 'Iste liber est fratrum heremitarum sancti Augustini In Nuremburg . . .' (f. 1v).
Inscription: 'Scriptum anno domini nostri Jhesu Christi 1422 21 marcii . . .' (f. 131, third paragraph).
? Dr. (Hans) Johannes Pirckheimer (b. 1440, d. 1501) of Nuremberg, humanist, jurist, and diplomat.
If so, Willibald Pirckheimer (b. 1470, d. 1530), humanist, councillor of Nuremberg, and diplomat; 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. 5, pencil inscription: 'XIV 7-16', f. [iii]).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Watermark, ff. 58, 58b-e, of three mountains surmounted by a cross, 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. 11798 (dated 1457 to Würzburg).
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. 44-45.

Robert Steele, Practical Chemistry in the Twelfth Century (Bruges: Saint Catherine Press, 1929, repr. from Isis, 37, 10-46)), p. 14 (as 'A').

Dorothea Waley Singer, Annie Anderson, and Robina Addis, Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts in Great Britain and Ireland Dating from before the Sixteenth Century, 3 vols (Brussels: Lamertin, 1928-1931), III, 1036.

Julius Ruska, Das Buch der Alaune und Salze (Berline: Chemie, 1935), p. 16.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 449.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, 41 (Munich, Fink, 1981), p. 393 n. 43.

Charles B. Schmitt and Dilwyn Knox, Pseudo-Aristoteles Latinus: A Guide to Latin Works falsely attributed to Aristotle before 1500, Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts, 12 (London: Warburg Institute, 1985), pp. 17, 24, 77, 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.

Sigrid Krämer and Michael Bernhard, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, 3 vols, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge: Deutschlands und der Schweiz, Supplement 1, ed. by Bernhard Bischoff, (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), III: Handschriften-Register, p. 302.

Walter L. Wardale, The High German Bartholomaeus ([n.p.]: James Follan, 1993), esp. p. 245, as '15 Ln I'.

Gareth Roberts, The Mirror of Alchemy: Alchemical Ideas and Images in Manuscripts and Books from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century (London: British Library, 1994), p. 120.

Irene Caiazzo and Jean-Marc Mandosio, 'La Tabula smaragdina nel Medioevo latino', in Hermetism from Late Antiquity to Humanism: La tradizione ermetica dal mondo tardo-antico all'umanesimo, Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi, Napoli, 20-24 novembre 2001, ed. by Paolo Lucentini, Ilaria Parri, and Vittoria Perrone Compagni, Instumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, 40 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2003), pp. 681-96 (p. 684).


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Part  1   ff. 1-4; 84-194v
Pseudo-Aristotle and others Miscellany, including Liber Hermetis de alchimia (ff. 155-157); Liber triginta verborum (ff. 164-166); De duodecim aquis (ff. 166v-167v); and De naturis colorum iuxta Aristotelem 70 preceptorum (ff. 185v-186).
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f. 84
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