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Detailed record for Arundel 503

Author Willibald Pirckheimer
Title Translations into German of classical and other texts, dedicated to Johann von Schwarzenberg
Origin Germany, S. (Nuremberg)
Date 1517
Language German
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Attributet to Hans Imhoff (see Merkel 1999).
Artists Attributet to Albrecht Glockendon (see Merkel 1999).
Decoration 1 miniature of a woman holding arms in the lower margin (f. 1). Large initials and paraph marks in plain red.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 150 (140 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 104 (+ 2 modern paper and 1 medieval ruled parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 medieval ruled and 2 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Edges speckled blue;rebound in 1963.
Provenance Hans Imhoff (b. 1488, d. 1526), and Felicitas Pirckheimer (b. 1497, d. 1530), daughter of Willibald Pirckheimer, 1517: their arms and the date '1517' (ff. 1, 104v); probably a joint present from Pirckheimer and Imhoff to Felicitas who had united their families (see Bartrum 2002).
Willibald Imhoff (b. 1519, d. 1580), son of Hans Imhoff and Felicitas Pirckheimer (see Bartrum 2002).
Hans Hieronymus Imhoff (b. 1569, d. 1629), great-grandson of Willibald Pirckheimer.
Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician: purchased from Imhoff in 1636 with other manuscripts from the Pirckheimer library; presented to the Royal Society in 1667.
The Royal Society, London (its ink stamp: 'Soc. Reg. Lond / ex dono HENR. HOWARD / Norfolciensis.', f. 1v).
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 1: The Arundel Manuscripts, pp. 142-43.

Robert Priebsch, Deutsche Handschriften in England, 2 vols (in 1 vol.) (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1979), II: Das British Museum mit enem anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek (first publ. as 2 vols, Erlangen: Verlag: 1896-1901), pp. 53-54 no. 78.

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. 493.

Niklas Holzberg, Willibald Pirckheimer: Griechischer Humanismus in Deutschland, Humanistische Bibliothek, ed. by Ernesto Grassi, series I: Abhandlungen, vol. 41 (Munich: Fink, 1981), pp. 26, 233-35, 237-48, 438 n. 354.

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), 131.

Ulrich Merkel, Buchmalerei in Bayern in der ersten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts (Regensburg: Schnell und Steiner, 1999), no. 72, fig. 337.

Giulia Bartrum, Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy: The Graphic Work of a Renaissance Artist (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 2002), no. 175 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 02 December 2005

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Initial and woman holding arms

f. 1
Initial and woman holding arms
Detail: Woman holding arms

f. 1
Detail: Woman holding arms

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