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Detailed record for Arundel 7

Author Valerius Maximus
Title Facta et dicta memorabilia, with glosses
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy?)
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration 1 large historiated initial, in colours and gold (f. 1). 9 large decorated initials, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the remaining books (ff. 10v, 20, 28v, 37, 46, 53v, 60v, 68v, 77), the first one with a three-sided foliate border. Smaller initials in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 320 x 210 (215 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 78 (+ 2 modern paper and 1 medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 medieval parchment and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Unidentified owner, last quarter of the 14th century: with his arms azure, two cowls proper on a fess or, below three fleurs-de-lys or (f. 1).
Willibald Pirckheimer (b. 1470, d. 1530), son of Johann Pirckheimer, Nuremberg patrician, diplomat, and humanist: his armorial bookplate, with a birchtree, the arms of Pirckheimer, and a crowned mermaid with two tails, the arms of his wife, Crescentia Rieter (inside upper cover).
? 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. 1v; its book-plate, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes At the end of the manuscript, epigram and the name of M. P(etrus) de Mulio who died in 1382 (f. 78).
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. 2.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), p. 17 no. 247.

Rino Avesani, 'Epaeneticorum ad Pium II Pont. Max. libri V' in Enea Silvio Piccolomini Papa Pio II : Atti del convegno per il quinto centenario della morte e altri scritti raccolti da Domenico Maffei (Siena : Accademia senese degli intronati, 1968), pp. 15-98 (p. 61 n. 162.)

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), p. 39.

Dorothy M. Schullian, A revised list of Manuscripts of Valerius Maximus (Padua: Antenore, 1981), 695-728 (p. 708).

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), 126.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by James P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: British Library, 2000), p. 180 no. [H2]997.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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