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Detailed record for Royal 12 C III

Author Filippo Alberici ?
Title Hieroglyphica and Emblematic Inscriptions
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c. 1507
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive
Decoration 14 full-page miniatures in colours and gold (ff. 8v, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19v, 20, 21, 21v, 22, 22v, 23, 23v, 24v). 1 half-page miniature in colours and gold (f. 7). One unframed miniature, beneath text (f. 6). Small marginal miniatures of emblems and symbols throughout, in colours and gold.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 145 (135 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 25 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 1 unfoliated parchment and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1968. The covers of a previous binding of gold-tooled brown leather are pasted inside the present ones.
Provenance Henry Fitzalan, 12th earl of Arundel (b. 1512, d. 1580), magnate: inscribed with his name (f. 2).
John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c. 1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator: inscribed with his name (f. 2); listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no. 1852 (see The Lumley Library, 1956).
Charles II (b. 1630, d. 1685), king of England, Scotland, and Ireland: inscribed, 'the king's book, anno dom. 1680' (f. 25v).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
ff. 1, 25 are parchment flyleaves.
1 blank parchment leaf after f. 1.
Contemporary index entitled, 'Index rerum quae ab Egy[p]tiis quondam hierogliphis scribebantur' (f. 2).
Incipit: 'Natura: Agnouerunt Phisici nullum ex elementis constare' (f. 3).
Written in an Italian or Italinate scribal hand.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, p. 22.

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 216.

Corpus librorum emblematum: Bibliography of Emblematic Manuscripts, ed. by Sandra Sider and Barbara Obrist (McGill: Queen’s University Press, 1997), p. 77, no. 254.

Scot McKendrick, John Lowden and Kathleen Doyle, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 111 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 01 June 2011


Images
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Symbols

f. 4v
Symbols
Swords

f. 5
Swords
Half-page miniature

f. 7
Half-page miniature
 
Half-page miniature

f. 7
Half-page miniature
Cow skull and duck

f. 7v
Cow skull and duck
Emblematic miniature

f. 8v
Emblematic miniature
 
Emblematic symbols

f. 9
Emblematic symbols
Spring

f. 14
Spring
Winter

f. 16
Winter
 
Autumn

f. 17
Autumn
Symbols

f. 19v
Symbols
Emblems

f. 20
Emblems
 
Emblematic miniature

f. 21
Emblematic miniature
Symbols

f. 21v
Symbols
Hellscape

f. 22
Hellscape
 
Emblematic miniature

f. 22v
Emblematic miniature
Emblematic miniature

f. 23
Emblematic miniature

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