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Detailed record for Arundel 225

Author Odo of Meung
Title De viribus herbarum and a short medical text
Origin Germany
Date last quarter of the 13th or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin; with German glosses
Script Gothic
Decoration 1puzzle initial in red and blue with red and blue pen-flourishing (f. 2). Other simple initials in red. Paraph marks in red.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 165 (220 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 39 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning; 1 medieval parchment and 1 paper flyleaf at the end)
Collation i-v8 (ff. 1-40).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance The Carthusian abbey, Mainz, founded in 1308 (inscription: 'liber carthus[iensium] mog[unciam]' f. 1, lower margin).
Inscribed : 'H' in black ink, 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. 1; its book-plate with pencil inscription: 'XIV: 5.12', inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Note that this is the oldest copy of the Old High German glosses on this text.
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, p. 65.

Herbert Thoma, ‘Altdeutsches aus Londer Hss’, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutscher Sprache und Literatur, 73 (1951), 197-271 (pp. 256-64).

Sigrid Krämer and Michael Bernhard, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, 3 vols, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, Supplement 1, ed. by Bernard Bischoff, (Munich: Beck, 1989-1990), II: Köln-Zyfflich (1989), p. 533.

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

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