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Detailed record for Arundel 49

Title Register of possessions and rents of the Pirckheimer family of Nuremberg, beginning in 1398
Origin Germany, S. (Nuremberg)
Date between 1463 and 1490
Language German
Script Gothic
Scribe Conrad Fendonis
Decoration Large initials in red with reserved designs, some with pen-flourishing including human heads.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 175 (185 x 115)
Official foliation ff. 39 (+ numerous unfoliated original leaves; + 2 modern and 1 older paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 older and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Hans Pirckheimer (b. 1417, d. 1492), Nuremberg patrician, jurist, diplomat, and humanist: inscribed 'Nota hern Hansen Pirckhaymers salbuch comparatus anno domini mo ccco lxxxxviii in vigilia assumtionis Marie' (f. 1), and 'Explicit liber per manus Conradi Fendonis scriptum et comparatum' (f. 39v); at the end inscriptions by the hand of Hans Pirckheimer, 1463 until 1490, e.g.: 'Anno domini 1463 ipso die eph(an)ie han ich Hans Pirckheymer mich des selgeretz der Pirckheymer undervangen auf zu richten und in den priefen finden das darzuo gehört' (f. 37v).
? 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 the pencil inscription: ‘XV.7.17’, f. [iii verso]).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Watson 1979, takes the date in the title as the date of the beginning of the writing of the book, supposing that the scribe made a mistake by writing 1398 instead of 1498. However, it seems that Hans Pirckheimer was going back in his family's history, beginning his research in 1463 (see inscription on f. 37v).
Numerous blank ruled unfoliated parchment leaves: 1 after f. 14, 7 after f. 16, 1 after f. 23, 6 after f. 25, 2 after f. 29, 3 after f. 30, 4 after f. 34, and 3 after f. 35. Ff. 28-29 is an inserted bifolium of smaller size.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part 1: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 10.

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), no. 434.

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), 124.
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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