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Detailed record for Arundel 109

Title Missal, Use of Sarum ('The Missal of William Melreth') with Gregory's Trental prayers
Origin England, S. E. (London?)
Date 1446
Language Latin, with some English
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 miniature in colours and gold with a donor portrait (f. 262v). 11 full, 3-sided, or partial borders with foliate decoration in colours and gold and historiated initials (ff. 8, 23, 159v, 162, 170v, 174v, 184, 186, 197, 203, 207). Large and small initials in gold, many with foliate decorations in colours, usually on red and blue grounds with white filigree decoration, one with a face (f. 262). Small initials in blue with red penwork decoration, and small initials in gold with brown penwork decoration. Line-fillers in gold, red, and blue.
Dimensions in mm 430 x 290 (275 x 175) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 265 (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves)
Collation Mostly gatherings of eight.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Rebacked. Yellow edges.
Provenance The church of St Lawrence in London, given in 1446 by William Melreth, alderman, textile merchant of Broad Street, member of Parliament, and sheriff of London (colophon, f. 262v).
? 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, lower margin).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Musical notation.
? Possible instructions to the artist or later notes identifying the subject matter briefly, in the lower margin on most of the folios with historiated initials.
The final two leaves are later insertions.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: The British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 28.

The Palaeographic Society: Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Second series, ed. by Edward Augustus Bond, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner, (London: Cloves and Sons, 1884-1894), II, pl. 203.

Christopher Wordsworth and Henry Littlehales, The Old Service-Books of the English Church, 2nd edn (London: Methuen & Co., 1910), pl. XVIII.

Schools of Illumination: Reproductions from Manuscripts in the British Museum, 6 vols (London: British Museum, 1914-1930), IV: English A. D. 1350 to 1500, (1922), pl. 14.

[J. A. Herbert], British Museum: Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 2, 3rd edn (London: British Museum, 1923), pl. 18..

[J. A. Herbert],Illuminataed Manuscripts and Bindings of Manuscripts Exhibited in The Grenville Library, Guide to the Exhibited Manuscripts, 3 (Oxford: British Museum, 1923), no. 39.

Eric. G. Millar, English Illuminated Manuscripts of the XIVth and XVth Century (Paris: Van Oest, 1928), p. 91.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 221.

René-Jean Hesbert, 'Les trentains grégoriens sous forme de cycles liturgiques', Revue Bénédictine, 81 (1971), 108-22 (p. 119 n. 2).

Richard Pfaff, 'The English Devotion of St. Gregory's Trental', Speculum: Journal of Mediaeval Studies, 49 (1974), 75-90 (p. 80).

Eberhard König, ‘A Leaf from a Gutenberg Bible Illuminated in England’, British Library Journal, 9 (1983), 32-50 (p. 43, fig. 7).

Kathleen L. Scott, ‘Limning and book-producing terms and signs in situ in late-medieval English manuscripts: a first listing’, in New Science out of Old Books: Studies in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in Honour of A. I. Doyle, ed. by Richard Beadle and A. J. Piper (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995), pp. 142-188 (pp. 153, 156).

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), I, 76 n. 14; II, 56, 190, table II.

Kathleen Scott, 'The Illustration and Decoration of the Register of the Fraternity of the Holy Trinity at Luton Church, 1475-1546', in The English Medieval Book: Studies in Memory of Jeremy Griffiths, ed. by A. S. G. Edwards, Vincent Gillespie and Ralph Hanna (London: British Library, 2000), pp. 155-83 (p. 181 n. 33).

C. M. Kauffmann, Biblical Imagery in Medieval England 700-1500 (London: Harvey Miller, 2003), p. 118, pl. 182.


Images
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Illuminated border and historiated initial

f. 8
Illuminated border and historiated initial
Detail

f. 8
Detail
Illuminated border and historiated initial

f. 23
Illuminated border and historiated initial
 
Detail

f. 23
Detail
Illuminated initials

f. 27v
Illuminated initials
Illuminated initials

f. 44v
Illuminated initials
 
Bishop

f. 159v
Bishop
Andrew

f. 162
Andrew
Bishop

f. 170v
Bishop
 
Annunciation

f. 174v
Annunciation
John the Baptist

f. 184
John the Baptist
Peter and Paul

f. 186
Peter and Paul
 
Virgin

f. 197
Virgin
Anne

f. 203
Anne
Detail

f. 203
Detail
 
Michael

f. 207
Michael
Detail

f. 207
Detail
Miniature of the Trinity with donor

f. 262v
Miniature of the Trinity with donor
 
Detail

f. 262v
Detail
Detail

f. 262v
Detail

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