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Detailed record for Arundel 368

Author Petrus Comestor
Title Historia scholastica, and Prologus epistolaris ad Guillelmum Campanensem
Origin England, N.
Date c. 1180 - c. 1210
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large and small simple initials in red or green, some with simple foliate decoration Line fillers of geometric interlace or an animal-head in red (e.g., f. 17). Simple initials in dark brown, possibly added.
Dimensions in mm 225 x 150 (185 x 120) in two columns
Official foliation ff. i + 125 + unfoliated paper flyleaves (f. 1 is a parchment flyleaf with a hymn written in the 12th century)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Byland, north Yorkshire (inscriptions: 'Liber S(an)c(t)e Marie: De Bellalanda', f. 2v, and 'Liber S(an)c(t)e Marie de Bella Landa', f. 3, upper margin; 13th century (?) including ' . . . q(uo)d ego Will(ielmus) fili(us) . . . d(e) denebi . . . mon(asterii?) de bell(elanda?) . . . de denebi', f. 61.
A hymn added (f. 124); the text of f. 125v is added to the last folio of the last gathering).
? 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. 2v; its book-plate with the pencil inscription 'XIII: 7.16', inside upper cover, marked as f. i).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 108.

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. 23.

Anne Lawrence, ‘English Cistercian Manuscripts of the Twelfth Century’, in Cistercian Art and Architecture in the British Isles, ed. by Christopher Norton and David Park (Cambridge: University Press, 1986), pp. 284-98 (pp. 293-94).

Andrew G. Watson, Medieval Manuscripts in Post-Medieval England (Aldershot: Ashgate/Variorum, 2004), pp. IX 133, pl. IV.


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Initials and ownership inscription

ff. 2v-3
Initials and ownership inscription
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f. 2v
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f. 3
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Decorated initial

f. 8v
Decorated initial
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f. 8v
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