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Detailed record for Arundel 158

Author Richard Rolle
Title Psalms, with commentary ('Rolle of Hampole's Psalter') (ends imperfectly), preceded by a calendar (ff. 1v-7) and a homily on patience and humility (ff. 8-9)
Origin England, S.
Date 14th century
Language Latin and English
Script Gothic and Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large initial in red with brown penwork decoration (f. 8). Large initials in red or blue with red foliate pen-flourishing, sometimes with human heads. Large puzzle initials in red and blue, mostly without pen-flourishing, sometimes with human heads. Large and small initials in plain red or blue. 1 large brown initial (f. 228v). Some foliate line filler in red.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 200 (220 x 145) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 232 (f. 232 is a medieval parchment flyleaf; + 3 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance Erased ownership(?) inscriptions (ff. 8, 10).
The obit of 'Mabille Webbe' is added to the calendar at 17 July, and of 'Robert Webbe' on 3 June, 15th century.
Unidentified owner, 15th century: inscription (f. 232).
Foliated in red pencil, in the manner of Matthew Parker (b. 1504, d. 1575), John Parker (b. 1548, d. 1619), and others; annotated in English and Latin (e.g. ff. 113v, 159), and Greek (f. 230).
? 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. 10; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XV.7.6’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Marginal drawing of a human half bust figure, 16th century(?) (f. 34v), probably the same hand as the added numbers for the psalms in the margins and in the empty bowl of the initials. Empty spaces for initials filled with 2 sketches of initials (ff. 230, 230v).
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. 44.

E. M. Thompson, Wycliffe Exhibition in the King’s Library (London: Clowes and Sons, 1884), no. 12.

Facsimiles of Biblical Manuscripts in the British Museum, ed. by F. G. Kenyon (London: British Museum, 1900), no. 23 with pl.

British Museum Bible Exhibition 1911: Guide to the Manuscripts and Printed Books exhibited in Celebration of the Tercentenary of the Authorized Version (London: British Museum, 1911), no. 22.

Sir Frederic Kenyon, Our Bible and the Ancient Manuscripts, rev. by A. W. Adams, with intro. by G. R. Driver (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode: 1958), p. 272.
Last revised: Friday, December 2, 2005

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