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Detailed record for Royal 2 B IX

Title Psalter and Canticles (the 'Psalter of the Earl of Arundel')
Origin England, S. E. (London) and France
Date 1565
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Scribe Petruccio Ubaldini
Decoration 2 full page prefatory miniatures in colours and gold: of the arms of Henry, Earl of Arundel, and of David (ff. 1v, 2). Large initials in gold on coloured grounds, with display script and borders in colours and gold framing the prologue (f. 2v) and Psalm 1 (f. 3). Smaller initials in gold on dark purple grounds, at the beginning of verses.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 205 (175 x 120), in one column
Official foliation ff. 105 (+ 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Purple velvet.
Provenance Henry Fitzalan, 12th earl of Arundel (b. 1512, d. 1580), magnate: his arms and motto, 'Virtutis laus actio', and monogram (f. 1v); written for him in 1565 by Petruccio Ubaldini (b. 1545, d. 1599), a Florentine calligrapher and writer who worked in Venice and England, from 1565 under Arundel's patronage (other manuscripts written by him are: his Italian version of 1550 of Boece's 'Chronicle' dedicated to Arundel in 1576, Royal MS 13 A VIII, and the classical and scriptural dicta in Latin commissioned by Sir Nicholas Bacon, the lord keeper c. 1577, as a gift for the Lady Lumley, Royal MS 17 A XXIII): colophon, 'Finis. / Virtus usque renidet. / Petruccius Ubaldinus Florentinus / Henrico comiti Arundellio Mecae/nati suo scribebat Londini. / MDLXV' (f. 105v).
John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c. 1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator; listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no. 708 (see The Lumley Library, 1956); passed to Henry, prince of Wales.
Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (b. 1594, d. 1612), eldest child of James I: his collection became part of the Royal Library: in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697'), no. 7743).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Illuminated by a French artist, another manuscript decorated by him is Vatican Library, Vat. Lat. 14936, the 'Hours of Catherine de Medici'.
Includes the preface 'Psalterium Romae dudum' (f. 2v) and an index of Psalms and canticles (ff. 102v-105v).
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, p. 48.

Francis Wormald and Phyllis M. Giles, 'A Handlist of the Additional Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum', Part II, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 4 (1952) 297-309 (p. 302).

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 102.

A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.700-1600 in the Department of Manuscripts, The British Library (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 862.

Sir Nicholas Bacon's Great House Sententiae: The Latin Text along with the First English Translation and Introduction, by Elizabeth McCutcheon (Claremont, California: The Sir Francis Bacon Foundation, 1977), pp. 9-10, n. 25.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), no. 213.

Livres d'heures royaux: La peinture de manuscrits à la cour de France au temps de Henri II, ed. by M. Dickmann Orth and T. Crépin-Leblond (Paris: Edition de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 1993), no. 28 [exhibition catalogue].

Francesca Bugliani, 'Petruccio Ubaldini's Accounts of England', Rennaissance Studies, 8 (1994) 175-97 (pp. 177, n. 16, 186, n. 43).

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), p. 236.

Myra Dickman Orth, 'The Primacy of the Word in French Renaissance Manuscripts', in The Illuminated Psalter: Studies in the Content, Purpose and Placement of its Images, ed. by Frank O. Büttner (Turnhout: Brepols, 2004), pp. 397-403.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 148 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Arms of Henry Fitzalan, earl of Arundel

f. 1v
Arms of Henry Fitzalan, earl of Arundel
David

f. 2
David
David

f. 2
David
 
Display script

f. 2v
Display script
Illuminated initial

f. 3
Illuminated initial
Display script

f. 3
Display script
 
Display script

f. 3
Display script

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