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Detailed record for Arundel 482

Author Guido Terrena O. Carm
Title Commentary on the Decretum Gratiani (begins imperfectly)
Origin Germany, S.
Date 1359
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 39 large puzzle initials in red and blue, some with green (and yellow) foliate (and zoomorphic) infill, with penwork decoration in purple and red (ff. 46, 59v, 70, 73 (2x), 74, 76, 78v, 82, 82v, 84, 88, 92v, 95, 98v, 101, 109, 111, 111v, 112, 113, 114, 120, 140, 147v, 148v, 151v, 155v, 157 (2x), 158v, 160v, 167, 168, 205, 205v, 207v, 208, 212v). Smaller puzzle initials (3-5 lines) in red and blue, some with green (and yellow) foliate infill, with penwork decoration in purple and red. 1 smaller space for illuminated initial left empty (f. 64). Small initials (2 lines) in red with purple penwork decoration or in blue with red penwork decoration. Small initials (1 line) and paraph marks in plain red or blue. Capital letters highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 460 x 300 (355 x 220) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 252 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1978.
Provenance 'Explicit tractatus de Consecracione. Deo gracias. Completus anno domini mo. ccco. Lixo. In vigilia Jacobi apostoli Maioris.' (f. 248v).
The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Eberbach (today Erbach near Eltville, diocese of Mainz), 15th century: mentioned in the catalogue of the library of 1502 as 'N 3' (see Palmer 1998).
Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician: purchased in 1636 in Germany, with other manuscripts confiscated from religious houses during the 30 years war.
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. 7; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XIV.3.9’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes The manuscript is maybe copied from an Italian manuscript, Mainz, Staatsbibliothek, Hs. I 52, of the medieval library of the Carthusians of Mainz (see Palmer 1998).
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. 132.

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. 489.

Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: Die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der in Oxford und London aufbewahrten Handschriften (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 1998), pp. 246, 283, fig. 170.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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