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Detailed record for Royal 13 A I

Author Pseudo-Callisthenes translated by Julius Valerius
Title Historia Alexandri Magni; Epistola Alexandri ad Aristotelem de situ Indiae; Epistolae Alexandri; Recapitulatio
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Scribe Written by two hands: A (ff. 2-78) and B (ff.78v-98v). According to unpublished notes by Michael Gullick; Scribe A is close to Cambridge, Clare College 30 and Oxford, Bodleian Library, Hatton 23.
Decoration 1 full-page ink drawing in colours preceding the text (f. 1v). Initials in green, some with penwork decoration in red, initials in red, some with penwork decoration in green, initials in purple, or/and in blue. Display script in red, green and blue (f. 52), or in red and purple (ff. 4v, 78v, 79v, 89v, 91, 94v). Chapter numbers in red.
Dimensions in mm 170 x 110 (125 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 98 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library binding of brown leather.
Provenance Inscribed 'Jo[h]n ap D[avi]d?', 16th century (f. 2).
Philological notes in Latin, 16th/17th century (ff. 81-94v).
Humphrey Lloyd (b. c.1527, d. 1568), Welsh antiquary, brother-in-law of John Lumley: inscribed 'Sum Humfredi Lloyd 155' (f. 5).
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. 971 (see The Lumley Library, 1956); passed to Henry, prince of Wales.
Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (b. 1594, d. 1612), eldest child of James I: his collection became part of the Royal Library: included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 20v; and perhaps in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697'), no. 8524).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes: the Historia Alexandri Magni by Pseudo-Callisthenes translated from Greek by Julius Valerius (ff. 2-51v);
The Epistola Alexandri ad Aristotelem de situ Indiae (ff. 51v-78);
Epistolae Alexandri (five letters between Alexander and Dindimus, king of the Brahmins) (ff. 78v-94v);
'Parva recapitulatio de eodem Alexandro et de suis' (ff. 94v-98).
Select bibliography H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I, p. 106.

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. 74.

D. Talbot Rice, English Art 871-1100, Oxford History of English Art, 2 (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1952), p. 207.

Francis Wormald, English Drawings of the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries (London: Faber & Faber, 1952), p. 72, no. 39.

J. Leclerq, 'Les manuscrit de l'abbaye d'Haumont', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 7 (1953), 59-67 (p. 62).

D. J. A. Ross, ‘A Check-list of Manuscripts of Three Alexander Texts: The Julius Valerius Epitome, the Epistola ad Aristotelem and the Collatio cum Dindimo’, Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 10 (1956), 127-32 (p. 130).

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 124.

B. Hill, 'Epitaphia Alexandri in English Medieval Manuscripts', Leeds Studies in English, 8 (1975), 96-104 (pp. 96, 99).

B. Hill, 'The Middle English and Latin Versions of the Parva Recapitulatio of Alexander the Great', Notes and Gueries (1980), 4-20 (p. 12).

Thomas Hahn, 'Notes on Ross's Check-List of Alexander Texts', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 34 (1980), 275-78 (p. 276).

David J. A. Ross, Studies in the Alexander Romance (London: Pindar, 1985), pp. 158, 159-62, 164-68,

The Libraries of the Cistercians, Gilbertines, and Premonstratensians, ed. by David N. Bell, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 3 (London: British Library, 1992), p. 174.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 481.

Andy Orchard, Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf Manuscript (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), pp. 120, 126-29, 204.
Last revised: 22 September 2009

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Alexander the Great and Philosophy

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Alexander the Great and Philosophy
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