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Detailed record for Arundel 166

Part 1 ff. 3-12 
Author Pliny, Cornelius Celsus, and others
Title Epistola ad amicos (ff. 5v-6), Epistolae (ff. 6-9v); and other short texts
Origin France or Germany
Date 1st half of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule with cursive features
Decoration Simple large and small initials in brown.
Dimensions in mm 320 x 200 (250 x 165)
Part 2 ff. 14-90 
Author Scribonius Largus, Marcellus
Title Preface to Compositiones, De medicamentis liber
Origin France or Germany
Date 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule with cursive features
Decoration Large and small brown initials, some with geometric patterns within the letter or foliate decoration, and/or with red and/or yellow highlights, some with animal heads or human faces (ff. 45v, 69v, 70, 77, 78v, 81).
Dimensions in mm 320 x 210 (260 x 170)
Official foliation ff. 90 ( + 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance Unidentified owner: 15th-century inscription with a title added in a French (?) hand (f. 3).
15th-century inscription (f. 13v).
? 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. 3; its book-plate with the pencil inscription 'XIV. 6.18', inside upper cover; Humphrey Wanley's report for the Society on the manuscript is ff. 1-2).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes The first two folios (ff. 3-4) are an early 12th-century replacement.
There are two sets of pencil foliation; the correct one is in the lower position, but is a higher numeral.
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. 45-46; part II: The Burney Manuscripts (1840), pl. 1.

[E. Maunde Thompson and G. F. Warner], Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1881-1884), Part II Latin, p. 78.

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingischen Miniaturen', in Zweiten Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 51-77 (p. 62).

Augusto Beccaria, I Codici di medicina del periodo presalernitano. Secoli IX, X e XI (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 1956), no. 83 [with additional bibliography].

M. D. Reeve, ‘Scribonius Largus’, in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, ed. by L. D. Reynolds (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 352-53 (p. 353).

B. Munk Olsen, L’Étude des auteurs classiques latins aux Xie et XIIe siècles, 3 vols (Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1982-1989), I, 91, no. B. 3; II (1985), 256, no. B. 30.

Berhard Bischoff, Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts: mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1998-), II: Laon-Paderborn, ed. by Birgit Ebersperger (2004), no. 2412.


Part  2   ff. 14-90
Scribonius Largus, Marcellus Preface to Compositiones, De medicamentis liber
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Decorated initial

f. 37v
Decorated initial
Decorated initials

ff. 42v-43
Decorated initials

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